"It was not innocent" | Macron speaks on long handshake with Trump

NY [U.S.A.], May 29: With US President Donald Trump's signature handshake managing to make highlights nearly every time, the newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron described his recent encounter with him as "the moment of truth".

But in the Belgian capital, Mr Macron was widely judged to have won their contest, with Mr Trump looking like he was the one ready to pull away first.

In an interview with the Journal du Dimanche (JDD), the French president said the long handshake had meaning. "Trump seems to just want his hand back".

Weighing in on the tense exchange between the two world leaders, body language expert and retired Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence and counterterrorism operative Joe Navarro said that President Trump's behavior may indicate he does not understand the meaning of a handshake - particularly when meeting other political leaders.

"Yes!" replied Araud, imitating Trump's tight handshake grip. Macron added, "One must show that you won't make small concessions, even symbolic ones, but also not over-publicize things, either".

"Donald Trump, the President of Turkey or the President of Russian Federation are of a mindset of power relations, which doesn't bother me", Macron said.

"It's another aggressive move by Trump; he's pulling Macron towards his own face and he's basically saying 'you will come to me, whether you like it or not, '" she told Time. "That's how one makes oneself respected".

The next day at the G7 summit in Sicily, Italy, Mr Macron attracted attention for his friendly interactions with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The first meeting between Trump and Macron at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit was immortalized in this decidedly awkward video, and by the time the two sat down for their first formal meeting with the press in attendance, the French president had another plan in place.

A French official told CNN near the end of the G-7 summit that the two had gotten along well and that Trump had told Macron after the French election that he hadn't supported Le Pen.

Macron further stated that he doesn't see relationships in terms of a balance of power, neither believe in diplomacy by public abuse.

  • Leroy Wright