President Trump decided to shake things up in France, this time saving his awkward greeting for the country’s first lady rather than her husband, Emmanuel Macron.
At one point Trump reportedly told her: “You’re in such good shape… beautiful.”
The French president greeted Trump with a lengthy handshake, hanging on tight to the Republican’s hand even after he started to drift toward his wife. As Melania Trump traded a pair of traditional kisses with Macron, Trump turned his attention to Brigitte Macron.
He at first offered his hand to her, but at the last minute opted for a hug instead, the pair fumbling to grasp hands as they approached each other.
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The French First lady, apparently not quick enough to dodge the gesture, endured an awkward embrace before Trump tightly latched onto a couple of her fingers, waving her hand around and seemingly trying to pull her closer.
The awkward exchange came as Macron and his wife welcomed the first couple to Paris, who accepted a surprise invitation to partake in France’s upcoming Bastille Day festivities.
It’s not the first time the 45th president has struggled to shake off one of the Macrons. In May, Trump and the French leader shared a long and tense handshake during their first-ever meeting in Brussels.
“My handshake with him, it’s not innocent,” Macron said of his white-knuckle grip. “It’s not the alpha and omega of politics, but a moment of truth.”
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Trump has mostly remained out of the spotlight since returning late Saturday from Hamburg, where he attended the G20 Summit with several foreign leaders.
Macron and Trump enjoyed a similarly strange handshake there, which seemed to be more a tug-of-war than pleasant exchange. The recently elected French leader continued to zone in Trump throughout the summit, pushing through several world leaders to stand next to him during a photo-op and then wrapping Trump in a one-armed hug before standing next to him for the picture.
The President’s unusual handshakes with world leaders have become the norm—in February, he took hold of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s hand and didn’t let go for nearly 20 seconds when the Japanese leader visited the White House. Trump in March seemed to blow past German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who offered him her hand during a visit to the Oval Office, though they did eventually shake hands over the course of the Washington visit.
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