Macron hosts Putin in latest diplomatic test

French President Macron said, "You have to show you won't make little concessions, even symbolic ones".

The awkwardly long, white-knuckled, handshake was seen by many as a power projection, of sorts, by two newly elected world leaders in the full glare of the worldwide media. It was a bone-crunching standoff with clenched jaws, white knuckles and seemingly forced smiles, which prompted hilarious reactions from the rest of the world.

Then US President George W Bush and his hawkish circle of advisors were eager to invade Iraq, but France was opposed.

And Trump has openly attacked agreements that the U.S. -Germany relationship was built on, including North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

"It's not the alpha and the omega of politics, but a moment of truth", CNN quoted the French President as saying in the interview.

From the looks of the video, the 70-year-old Trump doesn't have quite such an easy time strong-arming people when they're prepared for it.

The tense moment during Trump's first trip overseas as President became the latest of Trump's handshakes to draw attention online. He forcefully yanked the hand of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and pulled him towards him at a meeting in the White House in February.

According to reports Macron was particularly outspoken, but was not very successful in urging Trump to announce at the G7 that he would not to pull the USA out of the Paris climate change accords.

"I do not let anything pass", he told JDD. "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".

He went on to compare Trump's attitude to power with that of authoritarian strongmen President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. "That's how one makes oneself respected".

Among the hard issues facing the two will be Moscow's alleged interference in the French presidential election, its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in that country's civil war, and its interference in Ukraine.

Macron said the underlying significance his handshake with Trump, who made his fortune as a NY property developer and fired countless candidates on TV show The Apprentice, was all about getting "respect".

  • Leroy Wright