Shaking hands with President Trump

Of President Trump’s many unique mannerisms, one that stands out is his aggressive style of shaking hands, making his encounters with world leaders all the more closely-watched. In particular, his showdowns with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, have become spectacles in and of themselves.

When the two met for the first time at a NATO summit, a reporter in the room described the encounter with appropriate fervor: “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.”

Later, Macron told French newspaper Journal du Dimanche the intensity was intentional.

“My handshake with him – it wasn’t innocent,” Macron said. “It’s not the be-all and the end-all of a policy, but it was a moment of truth.”

More recently, after a Bastille Day parade in Paris, Trump and Macron had a similar encounter. While walking towards Trump’s motorcade, the two began shaking hands. Trump eventually yanked Macron’s arm, knocking him off balance. When French first lady Brigitte Macron approached, Trump greeted her with two kisses, all the while keep a firm grip on the French president. (Yahoo News)

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Close-up of President Trump and French President Macron shaking hands

President Donald Trump (L) and France’s President Emmanuel Macron shake hands before a working lunch ahead of a NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

President Trump and French President Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd L) shakes hands with President Donald Trump, next to Macron’s wife Brigitte Macron (L) and First Lady Melania Trump during the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, France, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Christophe Archambault/Pool/Reuters)

President Trump and French President Macron with wife, Brigitte

President Donald Trump (2nd R) shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron (2ndL) and his wife Brigitte Macron (L), next to US First Lady Melania Trump, during the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, France, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Christophe Archambault/Pool/Reuters)

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

President Trump and South Korean President Moon

President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, next to Trump’s wife Melania, prior to a concert at the Elbphilharmonie concert hall on the first day of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, Friday, July 7, 2017. (Christian Charisius/Pool Photo via AP)

Italian Prime Minister Gentiloni and President Trump

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, left, welcomes President Donald J. Trump prior to a group photo during a G7 Summit in the Ancient Theatre of Taormina ( 3rd century BC) in the Sicilian citadel of Taormina, Italy, Friday, May 26, 2017. (Photo: Andrew Medichin/AP)

President Trump and French President Macron

President Donald Trump jokes with French President Emmanuel Macron about their handshakes in front of NATO leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (2nd R) and Belgium King Philippe (L), at the start of the NATO summit at their new headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

King Philippe of Belgium and President Trump

King Philippe of Belgium and President Donald Trump during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) summit in Brussels, Belgium on May 25, 2017.
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President Trump and French President Macron

President Donald Trump shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting at the U.S. Embassy, Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Brussels. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

Pope Francis and President Trump

Pope Francis meets with President Donald Trump on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (Photo: L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Palestinian President Abbas and President Trump

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas extends his hand to President Donald Trump during their remarks after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in the West Bank city of Bethlehem May 23, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Trump

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump shake hands after speaking at the Israel Museum, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Jerusalem. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and President Trump

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud shakes hands with President Donald Trump during a reception ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 20, 2017. (Photo: Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via Reuters)

President Trump and Turkish President Erdogan

President Donald Trump reaches to shake hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

President Trump and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Monday, May 15, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

President Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (Photo: Russian Foreign Ministry Photo via AP)

President Trump and Australian Prime Minister Turnbull

President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull shake hands during their meeting aboard the USS Intrepid, a decommissioned aircraft carrier docked in the Hudson River in New York, Thursday, May 4, 2017. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

President Trump and Chinese President Xi

President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a dinner at Mar-a-Lago, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Palm Beach, Fla. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP)

President Trump and German Chancellor Merkel

President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel reach to shakes hands after their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 17, 2017. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Abe

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

President Trump and British Prime Minister May

President Donald Trump shakes hands with British Prime Minister Theresa May in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Presidential nominee Trump and vice presidential nominee Pence

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