Did Trump really favor Macron in France?

At The Fix, we've written a few times about President Trump's weird handshakes - particularly his habit of yanking on the hand of the person he's shaking.

His meetings include the newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron, who much like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, looked well briefed in how to deal with the impending handshake from Trump.

The pair met ahead of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels - a city Trump called a "hellhole" in 2016 - and it was Macron who appeared to emerge victorious in the battle of the handshakes. They offered a new perspective on "white knuckling" their way through an event.

Nearly like an arm wrestling match, theirs lasted 5.2 seconds with Trump, surprisingly wanting to pull out first.

The term "white knuckling" is usually used for someone describing a harrowing drive in the auto. It concluded with a bewildered Abe rolling his eyes as Trump remarked "strong hands".

Washington Post reporter Phillip Rucker was there and he wrote on Twitter just what he was seeing along with the rest of the crowd in the room. "I mean, they have medical reports all the time".

At their first meeting, ahead of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Thursday, the two men locked hands for so long that knuckles started turning white.

A week before that AP interview, Trump seemed to throw his weight behind the far-right nationalist candidate.

"If relationships were defined by handshakes, then Trump & Macron's is gonna be fierce".

"This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States and many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years". Below is a video on YouTube from CNN News showing some of the different handshakes that Trump has exhibited in the past. Watch Trump closely. He doesn't do his usual "pulling in" power move. The presidents shook hands momentarily before Mr. Trump quickly pulled back and they shared a laugh. In one handshake incident with Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, which is seen in the video, the president nearly pulls Gorsuch off his feet. You catch all sorts of things.

  • Zachary Reyes