Despite him being a so-called successful businessman, Donald Trump often appears to be a person who’s had little contact with other human beings. He’s a self-described germaphobe, which would explain a general aversion to handshakes, but with Trump it goes much further. His handshakes are an awkward, weird power game. He pulls people. He shakes too hard and too long. Until its over, most of his “victims” have no idea they’re playing a power game.
Here are some of the weird examples, ending with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who apparently prepared:
Trudeau isn’t the only world leader to prepare for the inevitable
Trump shake. France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, was ready during the NATO summit. Instead of taking control of the shake by letting go on his own time, he won the battle of wills by holding on the longest and the hardest. In the end, Trump relented and Macron made him hold on just a second longer than he wanted.
Here’s the video:
Twitter loved it.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 25, 2017
@Reuters Poor Trump was trying to let go, but Macron loves the elderly.
— Sarah T. (@SarahT_in_Prov) May 25, 2017
— copper dog (@copperdogsd1) May 25, 2017
@Reuters Y'know, I'm SURE there's SOMEONE out there who can teach 45 how to shake hands. ?
— Emily (@EmilyAverage) May 25, 2017
@Reuters Arguably one of the best French Battles in history
— TheBonestache (@theFishstache) May 25, 2017
@Reuters TFW the fingers are too short to wrap around the other person's hand.
— David & Josh (@RockandLedge) May 25, 2017
Perhaps the best was this reference to the two times Melania Trump rejected her husband’s hand during the trip:
@Reuters Macron held hands with TinyPaws longer than Melania has on this trip.
— Stevie Z (@Stevie_Z) May 25, 2017
The world has figured out that Donald Trump is a joke. Now it’s time for Republicans.
Featured image via video screen capture.