Donald Trump Gets Baffled By The Group Handshake at the ASEAN Summit
The US President Donald Trump is known for his long, at times aggressive, handshakes with the world leaders. But tables turned for him when he had to shake hand in a different style at the ASEAN Summit in the Philippines on Monday. He actually struggled briefly with a different kind of handshake.
President Trump, in Manila, attended the opening ceremonies of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations Conference, which began with pageantry and a group photo of the leaders. Then, the announcer intoned that it was time for the world leaders to take part in the "Traditional" ASEAN Handshake. It's a cross-body exercise, during which each leader extends their right arm over their left and shakes the opposite hands of those next to him, reported AP.
The announcer's instructions briefly baffled President Trump, who at first simply crossed his hands in front of him.
Then, looking around, he turned to the world leaders and simply extended his arms outward, only to find that wasn't quite right either.
Then he laughed, crossed his arms and reached to the correct sides. He grimaced at first, particularly when bending down to reach the hands of the shorter leaders next to him, including Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
And then, with an exaggerated smile, he vigorously gripped the world leaders' hands.
Handshakes have become a Trump trademark in his first year in office. He often pulls the other person toward him and pats or yanks in a sign meant to set a tone for the meeting ahead.
President Trump pulled Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's hand toward him and then held onto it for a long time, prompting an eye roll from Shinzo Abe as Trump looked away. Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron engaged in a white-knuckle handshake. And Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, meanwhile, short-circuited Trump's attempt at dominance, using his left arm to hold onto to Trump to prevent being pulled toward him.
good luck to whoever has three weeks to get this regional production of Mamma Mia! into shape pic.twitter.com/eCZ81VxbMi— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 13, 2017