Just hours into his latest European trip, Donald Trump is continuing his tour of awkward handshakes. Following his puzzling encounter with Poland’s First Lady last week—in which she appeared to pass him over for a handshake—Trump was sure to greet France’s First Lady, Brigitte Macron, with a hearty welcome on Thursday. And, perhaps predictable for the former Miss Universe owner, he topped off his hello with a comment about her physical appearance.
As Agence France Presse correspondent Adam Plowright tweeted, the president looked Macron “up and down” before saying, “You know, you’re in such great shape . . . beautiful.” The greeting, captured in the image above, also shows Trump pulling Macron into one of his famous grab-and-yank handshakes. After he hugged and kissed her on both cheeks, he took hold of her right hand and pulled her toward him once more.
This exchange–and the president’s comments—is just the latest evidence that Trump doesn’t quite know how to handle himself when interacting with a woman. Last month, Trump greeted an Irish reporter in the Oval Office by complimenting on her “nice smile” during a phone call to Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar. It was a comment that the reporter later called a “bizarre moment.” Earlier this year, he grasped hands with British Prime Minister Theresa May during her White House visit—a moment that even she brought up months later. And his relationship with German chancellor Angela Merkel already has many awkward chapters.
Brigitte Macron’s handshake with the president follows her husband’s exchange with Trump in May. He had plenty to say on the moment.
“My handshake with him, it’s not innocent,” he told Journal du Dimanche in an interview. “It’s not the alpha and the omega of politics, but a moment of truth.”
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