Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4234: Donald Trump's Reaction to Question Regarding Whether He Fired Rex Tillerson because the SOS called him a "Moron" - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Yesterday, on the South Lawn of the White House, President Trump answered questions regarding his Twitter-firing of Secretary of State Tillerson. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis as Trump responded nonverbally - but otherwise ignored a crucial question.

You may recall various reports in early October of 2017 that Rex Tillerson called President Trump a "Moron". Moreover, many sources also revealed the Secretary of State used an additional expletive ("F***ing Moron"). This was in response to Trump's behavior during a speech he gave at the National Boy Scout Jamboree the previous July.

JOURNALIST (Beginning at 2:23 in the above video): Did you fire him because he called you a moron?


SAME JOURNALIST: Did you fire him because he called you a moron?

Obviously, the President ignored the question and called on a second journalist.

During 2:26, just as he begins to answer "What?" - as well as again, a second later - during her repeating of the same question, the President's jaw shifts quickly to his left. During the first occasion (image immediately above), this movement is somewhat subtle.

However, with the second display, Trump's Jaw Confessional is more extreme - a truly Text Book example - and lasts for about 1.1 seconds.

This quick sudden lateral movement is known as a "Jaw Confessional". It's strongly indicative of Embarrassment. Notice too, Donald Trump repeated this nonverbal behavior before the Journalist completed her repeat of the question - demonstrating that he not only heard the question the first time it was asked - but also, as is often the case, he needed the additional time for mental-emotional processing. He then avoided the question, taking another.

Summary: Donald Trump's nonverbal behavior during this particular Q & A demonstrated that he is indeed embarrassed by Rex Tillerson calling him a "F***ing Moron" last summer. Yesterday's analysis of an earlier portion of this same exchange with these journalists showed the President has disdain, disgust, smugness, Schadenfreude, and is repulsed by Secretary Tillerson.

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