In the first of many strange Trump moments on Thursday, his first meeting with the French president, Emmanuel Macron, on Thursday led to an awkward handshake that lasted just a little too long. Pictures and video show the two world leaders, who met in Brussels before the Nato summit, gripping each other’s hands while grimacing slightly.
…For a brief moment it seemed neither man wanted to give up, which would have made everything even more awkward, but in the end Trump relented and loosened his fingers.
…Between the infamy of Trump’s strange handshake and Macron’s apparent look of satisfaction, there was a lot for people to make fun of:
…Trump appears to be trying to shake Macron’s arm off after the French president bypassed him to say hello to Germany’s Angela Merkel first.
The US President didn’t stop there.
In another widely circulated video, he appeared to push aside Dusko Markovic, the prime minister of Montenegro.
…Trump’s distinctive handshake has been the source of much mirth on the internet as he meets world leaders in the first year of his presidency. This isn’t even the first instance this week. The president of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, was well-prepared for a handshake battle when he met Trump on Tuesday:
There are so many Trump handshake stories by now, it’s hard to know where to begin. There was the bizarre 19-second handshake with a visibly bewildered Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and the time the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, seemed to beat his strange handshake style.
It wasn’t a handshake that went viral when Trump met the British prime minister, Theresa May – everyone now remembers the infamous hand-holding picture. And when he met the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, he failed to shake her hand during a photo op.
What a clueless loser the Cheeto is. Other world leaders now have a running joke to bond over and Trump’s the punchline.