"I tried to prevent (touching First Lady Obama) with my two hands but Mrs. Michelle moved her hands too close to me, then we touched," he Tweeted on Tuesday. Video footage of the meeting shows Sembiring reaching out to shake her hand.
Now, his commentary has enraged the Indonesian blogosphere: Some say he's lying, and others accuse him of humiliating the moderate and tolerant Muslim country.
Most Twitter users were scathing in their condemnation of the minister.Read the full story at the AFP.
"Of course, the communications minister is stupid, naive and inconsistent," wrote one.
"It wasn't about shaking hands. It's the lying!!!!" wrote another.
One user wrote: "He's just embarrassing".
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