After meeting for the first time at the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shook hands. As is typical for a handshake with Trump, the moment has quickly made waves on social media.
Philip Crowther, a French reporter traveling with the President, detailed the awkward exchange:
— Philip Crowther (@PhilipinDC) May 25, 2017
Trump’s handshakes have long been the subject of scrutiny for their extended duration and often violent intensity. Macron, however, was “handily” prepared for Trump’s impending assault.
Macron plays the Trump handshake game well. Looks like POTUS wanted to disengage at one point but French president gripped tight https://t.co/V45Ko2vumE
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) May 25, 2017
Before his now-viral handshake with Macron, Trump’s most notable gaffes included meetings with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, both of whom visited Trump at the White House.
— President Trump (@POTUS) February 10, 2017
— CNN (@CNN) February 13, 2017
Even in the most banal instances of Trump’s diplomatic affairs, our President seems wholly incapable of not embarrassing himself or the United States.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.