Trump's handshake power grab is no match against France's Macron
- Author: Leroy Wright May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 23:48
Mr Macron eventually released his hand, moving on to greet other members of the group, while Mr Trump delivered a parting arm smack to his French equivalent.
And, if you watch the handshake with Macron, it's clear that Trump - on at least one and maybe two occasions - tries to pull away and Macron just keeps holding on.
"We have an extremely broad agenda to discuss on the subjects of the fight against terrorism, the economy, climate and energy", the 39-year-old president said.
(AP Photo/Thierry Monasse). Melania Trump, right, wife of US President Donald Trump speaks with Brigitte Macron, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron as they visit the Magritte Museum in Brussels on Thursday, May 25, 2017.
Maybe Macron's "resentment" was due to the fact that Trump had expressed his support for the Frenchman's rival Marine Le Pen - deeming her the "strongest" candidate for the presidency - as she too clearly looks up to him regarding Trump's election campaign inspired her political efforts in France.
According to the official, Trump told Macron "you were my guy" in the election when the two met Thursday.
Macron's meeting with Trump was his first biggest diplomatic test since his victory May 8, 2017.
While in the United States, president Donald Trump notoriously shake people's hands to the point where he's nearly twisting their arms out of the sockets, often leading to comically awkward scenes during photo-ops with heads of states or politicians. In April, while he claimed he wasn't "explicitly endorsing" Le Pen, he told the Associated Press she was the "strongest on borders, and she's the strongest on what's been going on in France".
Remember how Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's hand was tugged and held on to an awkward 19-second for the camera last February?
The newly elected French President has chosen pragmatism as a way to overcome divergences with the US administration.
Trump's handshakes have drawn some serious scrutiny since he's taken office.
Earlier in May, the day Macron was voted in as France's next president, a significant number of global affairs fans promptly began comparing the former investment banker to his Canadian counterpart, hoping they would become best buds.