Trudeau schools the world on how to shake Trump's hand

Trudeau schools the world on how to shake Trump's hand
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau meets with US President Donald Trump.
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After the cringeworthy debacle that is now the infamous Trump-Abe handshake, the world waited with bated breath to see how Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would pull it off.

And we were not disappointed.

Mr Trudeau met with US President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday for their first face to face meeting.

For starters, Mr Trudeau grasped Mr Trump's arm and prevented him from executing his iconic "yank-shake". The Canadian PM also noticeably held his hand close to the centre of his body, instead of traditionally reaching out to give Mr Trump leverage. 

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Keen-eyed netizens were quick to point out that the handshake signified a literal power-play between the two North American countries.

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But it was another perfectly-timed shot of a second handshake that stole the limelight.

As the leaders proceeded inside the White House to carry out trade talks, photographers managed to capture the exact moment Mr Trudeau hesitated before accepting Mr Trump's outstretched hand.

Of course, the Internet photoshop gurus went to work.

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Mr Trump has been known to dish out strong handshakes, often pulling unsuspecting parties closer to him while patting their hands.

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe was the latest in the series of unfortunate world leaders who have had to deal with an awkward 19-seconds handshake, shortly after UK Prime Minister Theresa May had her hand grabbed by Mr Trump at another meeting.

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Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was not spared either as video footage showed the man taking a stumble after POTUS yanked him in. 

So yes, it's about time somebody taught Mr Trump that the art of diplomacy starts with a firm but courteous handshake.

Clearly, Canada has shown that it will not be trumped.

Mr Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump was also present at the bilateral meeting to speak about initiatives for women entrepreneurs and business leaders. 

Ms Trump has been a key figure in championing for women's rights in her father's administration. 

But in the spirit of Valentine's Day, some managed to zoom in on one interesting observation: 

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