Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Emmanuel Macron: my handshake with Trump was 'a moment of truth'

The two world leaders met in Brussels on Thursday before a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and much was made over their awkward, gripped handshake, which continued for several moments until Trump tried to pull away. According to the AP, Macron noted that the handshake was a "moment of truth" and "it wasn't innocent". They shook hands for an extended period of time. "Each president gripped the other's hand with considerable intensity, their knuckles turning white and their jaws clenching and faces tightening". Video obtained by the Huffington Post shows that Macron appears to walk straight towards Trump as the two groups begin to converge, but Macron quickly swerves to greet German Chancellor Angela Merkel first instead.

On the one hand, we're always happy to see Trump's caveman negotiation tactics fail.

But in the Belgian capital, Mr Macron was widely judged to have won their contest, with Mr Trump looking like he was the one ready to pull away first. Trump hasn't done a lot of public speaking during his big trip overseas.

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But at least he can brag about his extended handshake with Trump. When Trump went in for the handshake, he was met with an unrelenting response, with Trudeau holding his arm steady and firm against any attempted yank.

Macron confirmed that the long handshake was a deliberate power move of his own created to show Trump he wasn't gonna let him get away with those weird bullying tactics.

In the interview, Macron compared his own handshake to his leadership posture.

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But Macron, who became France's youngest president just three weeks ago, said he does not believe in "the diplomacy of public invective but in bilateral dialogue".

"I do not let anything pass", he told JDD.

As the world cameras watched, Macron held on tight to Trump's notorious power grip as the two men sat next to each other, the Frenchman's mouth clenched and eyes firmly fixed at the tycoon's squinted stare.

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