Trump, French president share intense handshake

While Abe looked uncomfortable, the youngest president of France was not ready to succumb to the infamous Trump move - instead gripped him back tightly when they met recently at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Belgium.

Trump met the newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron right before the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit on Thursday and the meeting offered a sneak peek into how the US-French relations may pan out in future.

Once those photos made it out of Brussels, Twitter pounced on the Trump-Macron handshake and meme-d them for all they were worth.

A close-up of the Trump-Macron handshake before a working lunch ahead of NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017.

But it also said, "President Trump urged President Macron to meet the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense spending pledge and ensure that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is focused on counterterrorism". The two world leaders' knuckles went white during the handshake, according to observers, and Trump seemed to want to disengage first.

Macron continues to hold, though, and the pictures that resulted of Trump's flat hand crammed in Macron's grip quickly circulated the internet. "You were my guy" he told Macron today, French officials say. This is the first time the two leaders are meeting, they'll dine on tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella, veal filet with potatoes, tri-colored vegetables, and a duo of Belgian chocolate mousse.

During their brief sit-down in front of the press, Trump congratulated Macron on an "incredible campaign" and a "tremendous victory".

While Le Pen had echoed some of Trump's hardline rhetoric on immigration, the USA leader's words of support were surprising.

"The photogs noticed that Trump and Macron were gripping their hands hard and in photo below Trump seems to just want his hand back", wrote Reuters journalist Steve Holland.

At Thursday's working lunch between President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron, the two alpha males engaged in a lengthy, forceful, freakish handhold for the cameras. When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the White House, he was prepared.

  • Joanne Flowers