The PM – who has already shown the world that she’s not much of a dancer – revealed that she’s missing another key social skill today.
She got off to a bad start as a pool player in front of cameras relaying her attempts to a global audience.
First Mrs May, 62, revealed that she never played the game before.
Then, when she did have a go, she played a foul shot.
Jeremy Clarkson was just one of hundreds of people asking on social media ‘how does anyone get to their early sixties without ever having at least tried a game of pool before?
The former Top Gear presenter said Mrs May could ‘never understand how normal people think’ if she had never played pool. Although he did also concede that he did not care for the game himself.
He tweeted: “Seriously, how can you get to the age of 62 without EVER playing a single game of pool? It’s impossible.
“How can you know what normal people think if you’ve never played pool?
“I say again. I don’t like pool and I think darts is idiotic. But I have played these things occasionally. You can’t help it if you’re human.”
“It would suck playing pool with Theresa May. She’d just delay and try to negotiate a new plan with every shot”
Kris Griffiths, Twitter
The awkward moment occurred on the first day of a summit between the European Union and Arab League countries.
After Mr Conte asked Mrs May if she fancied a game she said “I’ll have a lot of support but I’ll be hopeless.”
Mt Conte posted a video to his official Instagram showing how Chief of Staff, Gavin Barwell, quickly stepped in to show her the basics.
Mrs May managed one shot – tapping the cue ball twice in a clear violation of the rules – before the video cuts off.
It would suck playing pool with Theresa May. She’d just delay and try to negotiate a new plan with every shot
Retweeting the video, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss, quipped: “Pleased to see nothing’s been taken off the table.”
Mrs May is by no means the first PM to have tried to demonstrate their ‘common touch’ by playing the classic pub game: David Cameron, Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher have all been pictured welding the cue.
All, it has to be said, with more confidence.
Hundreds of Twitter users weighed in with their opinion of the Tory leader’s skill on the baize.
Ashley Quint said “Well, I suppose that is one up from being snookered at home…”
Martin Berry added “No wonder she struggles to empathise with the majority of those she governs as PM she lives in a different world”
And Wayne Grills spoke for most of us when he asked “Are we sure she’s a British citizen? I thought playing pool was a right of passage? Isn’t it where under 18s hang out with their cool 19yr old mate who buys the pints?”