Is it possible Donald Trump is getting worse at handshakes? In just six months as president, he has ignored German chancellor Angela Merkel’s request for one as they sat in the Oval Office, bent the wrist of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, been caught in an awkward clutch with British prime minister Theresa May, and used his greeting with France’s First Lady, Brigitte Macron, as an opportunity to comment on her body. Thought that would be the low point of the France visit? Of course it’s not!
Trump’s latest “grab and yank,” this time with French president Emmanuel Macron, was a mighty display; as estimated by CNN, it lasted about 25 seconds, and turned essentially into a hand-hold. As revealed in the video above, Trump appeared to grasp Macron’s hand, and as Trump did not let go, Macron began to walk with him. Trump patted Macron’s hand as he continued to shake it. Then, a view from above showed the two still grasping hands as Macron started to back away, creating a sort of tug-and-pull motion before the handshake finally came to an end.
It wasn’t the only awkward moment of the day, as Trump and First Lady Melania Trump joined the Macrons to observe a Bastille Day parade, complete with a marching band playing a Daft Punk medley. Macron, 39 years old and definitely old enough to have owned Discovery on CD, smiled and nodded along. Trump, however, definitely had no idea who Daft Punk was:
But, unlike many who encounter the odd handshake during these early Trump days, President Macron already had some previous experience with it. When the two first met in May, Macron told French news source Journal du Dimanche that his handshake—another uncomfortably long one—with Trump was a “moment of truth.”
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