Trump handshake 'moment of truth': Macron

"One must show that you won't make small concessions, even symbolic ones, but also not over-publicize things, either", Macron said of the now viral moment.

French President Emmanuel Macron appeared to go out of his way to avoid shaking hands with Donald Trump during a very public meeting in Brussels.

"Donald Trump, the Turkish president or the Russian president are in a logic of balance of power, which does not bother me".

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.

Macron, who is described as a political centrist (Trump is more chaotic but definitely towards the right or even "alt right"), recently beat right-leaning candidate Marine Le Pen in the French Presidential election. I don't let anything pass. Trump is left to awkwardly smile until Macron has finished greeting the other politicians.

Meanwhile, Trump's take on handshakes, has become pretty well-known.

"We know this kind of attack", the newly elected president told May at the San Domenico Palace Hotel, a former monastery in Taormina, Sicily.

According to the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart, French ambassador to the United States Gérard Araud warned Macron about Trump's handshake prior to the two presidents' meeting in Brussels.

Donald Trump's overbearing handshake used to be his display of dominance on unsuspecting world leaders. "You can see Macron trying to get away from the situation - he puts his arms on Trump to stop him pulling him inwards".

At the Thursday summit, Trump shook Macron's hand intensely - and it prompted major social media scrutiny.

  • Leroy Wright