Trump and Macron's 30-second handshake is awkward and painful to watch

Trump and Macron's 30-second handshake is awkward and painful to watch
French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron (R) walk with US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump (L) after the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris.
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Trump is famous, or infamous, for many things, but his handshakes with other politicians often make headlines.

Why?

Take his forceful 19-second handshake with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on February 10 this year, for example, and the latter's epic eye-roll that followed.

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His apparent refusal to shake hands with Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel a month later also got the media's attention, and then most recently, the internet took notice when he was snubbed by Poland's first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda. These are just some of the examples.

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His latest (in)famous handshake is 30-seconds of awkwardness involving French President Emmanuel Macron on July 14, which took place when Trump visited Paris as a special guest for the city’s annual Bastille Day celebrations.

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Let's break it down.

Both men reached out for a handshake at first. Instead of letting go though, both men continued walking while still locked in a handshake.

Macron first initiated with a back pat, and not to be outdone, Trump followed with his signature hand pat. 

Trump then did his classic move, the yank and pull, which caused Macron to lose his balance momentarily.

Both men then faced each other, still engaged in a handshake.

Trump then beckoned Macron's wife Brigitte to come over for a farewell peck on the cheeks. 

He then grabbed her hands as well, and for the next five seconds, was shaking hands with two people at the same time. Just, wow.

He finally let go of both Macron and the First Lady, perhaps finally realising how unusually long his handshake was.

Unsurprisingly, the internet had a lot to say about this.

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Whatever was going on here, at least the two leaders seem to get along with each other.

Meanwhile, I am just looking forward to Trump's next awkwa... I mean rigorous, political handshake.

akosasi@sph.com.sg

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