President Trump just can’t get a proper handshake abroad.
The First Lady of Poland appeared to snub Trump for a handshake Thursday after he gave a speech in Warsaw — giving Trump yet another public gaffe during a foreign trip.
News cameras captured Agata Kornhauser-Duda gliding past the open-handed Trump during a photoshoot, stepping straight to First Lady Melania Trump instead.
Trump seemed stunned by the apparent snub, and let out a slight smirk as the wives talked.
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Kornhauser-Duda then did give him a one-second shake—much shorter than her prolonged shake-and-chat with Melania. Moments later, he walked away alone as the wives talked again.
Camera angles from some media made it seemKornhauser-Duda had blown past Trump altogether.
Polish President Andrzej Duda took issue with chatter about the apparent snub Thursday evening by citing a favorite phrase of Trump’s.
“Contrary to some surprising reports my wife did shake hands with Mrs. and Mr. Trump @POTUS after a great visit. Let’s FIGHT FAKE NEWS,” he posted on Twitter.
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Trump later departed for Hamburg, where he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel exchanged a handshake while both holding deer-in-headlights gazes.
This is just the latest time on a foreign trip that Trump’s attempt at a simple gesture ended up awkward.
During his first foreign tour in May, his wife slapped his hand away on a tarmac in Israel. One day later, she again dodged holding his hand when the two touched down in Rome.
Even when Trump has managed to make a hand-to-hand connection, things seemed off. His vise grip handshake with French President Emmanuel Macron at the NATO summit in Brussels dragged on for so long that it became a viral moment in its own right.
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Macron later explained to the media that there was nothing simple about the shake.
“My handshake with him, it’s not innocent,” Macron told the Journal du Dimanche.
“It’s not the alpha and the omega of politics, but a moment of truth.”
Body language experts have read Trump’s baffling handshake style — in which he often grabs and pulls the paws of colleagues and world leaders — as a power play for him to publicly assert his dominance.
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