Trump meets Macron and praises his "tremendous victory"

Frederick Owens
May 27, 2017

President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands in a meeting at Brussels.

When Macron finally got around to shaking hands with Trump, of course, it wasn't a normal handshake. Now it's time for round 2.

Trump appears to push aside Montenegro PM at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation photocallTrump's distinctive handshake has been the source of much mirth on the internet as he meets world leaders in the first year of his presidency.

It's unclear whether or not this was intentional, but in times like this, we wish life was narrated by sports announcers.

Although there was no medal for the battle, by now, we can all agree that Trump surely deserves and award for all his global handshakes that have gone viral!

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For over five seconds, the presidents of two of the world's most powerful countries gripped and shook each other's hands with an amount of force uncommon for the ritual - an action some are interpreting to be symbolic of their budding relationship's dynamic.

(EurActiv) - French President Emmanuel Macron's party is set to win as much as a third of the vote in legislative elections next month, giving it a solid majority, two polls showed on Wednesday (24 May).

Meeting Mr Macron for the first time before a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Mr Trump went in firm as usual.

"I reminded him of the importance these agreements have for us", President Macron said, adding that the pact was also important for job creation and economic development. Macron told reporters that it was important that the US should not take a "hasty decision" and withdraw their support for the Paris Climate agreement, which aims to reduce greenhouse gases emissions. Trump reached in first, but then he tried to release, twice, but Macron kept his grip until letting go. Pictures and video show the two world leaders, who met in Brussels before the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, gripping each other's hands while grimacing slightly. Their knuckles turned white, their jaws clenched and their faces tightened.

If he had not explicitly taken a stand in the French election campaign, some of Donald Trump's remarks would have fed the idea of a possible victory of far right-wing candidate, Marine Le Pen.

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