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This Photo Of Trump And Putin Is Literally ‘House Of Cards' IRL And We Can't Handle It

Earlier today at the G20 Summit — a meeting of the world's 19 wealthiest nations and the European Union — President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met face-to-face for the first time since Trump took office.

Slated to talk for 30 minutes, the meeting lasted for more than two hours.

And, well, the optics of the public meeting were — how should we put this? — familiar.

Up top, that's Putin and Trump (obvi), and below are vicious, fictitious House of Cards politicians Viktor Petrov and Frank Underwood, Presidents of Russia and the U.S., respectively.

The faces. The outstretched hand. The hesitation from Putin and Petrov. The fictional meeting took place two years ago, so the optics are truly bizarre.

But the similarities don't stop there.

No, the House of Cards and Trump-Putin pic aren't just visually alike. There's also a shared reported admiration the U.S. President has for Russia's stern head of state in both real life and show. The hostilities between the two governments, as well, closely resemble one another.

Some of you may, like me, avoid the psychosexual political thriller that is House of Cards for your own sanity. I get it. Especially when Season 5 of House of Cards, which was written before Trump was even elected, so closely mirrors the Trump presidency. Not to mention Frank Underwood is freaking terrifying and so reminiscent of Trump that The Guardian even put together a tongue-in-cheek “who said it?” quiz.

A person can only take so much, you know?

Now, I'm not saying that the showrunners are psychic by any means. After all, Viktor Petrov is a very thinly veiled reference to Putin.

But still — it's almost too much to handle.

Some people are having a ball with the juxtaposed images:

But others are focused on the content of the 140-minute long meeting:

Look, I don't know about you, but I am personally a big fan of the whole stick-your-head-in-the-sand thing, so I'm going to go back to reading Twitter jokes about G20. But you do you.

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Lisa Dunn

Staff Writer

Lisa is a news writer based in Portland, Oregon. She is currently researching and writing about abortion for her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.
Lisa is a news writer based in Portland, Oregon. She is currently researching and writing about abortion for her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.

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