Macron snubs Trump for Merkel & another arm wrestle follows


US President Donald Trump met his match in a handshake showdown with France's new president, Emmanuel Macron.

As far as Twitter users are concerned, Macron "won" the handshake in every possible way, from his impossibly tight grip to his rather nonchalant expression.

The handshake drama came to a head this week at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit Thursday, during which Trump was pictured locking a number of politicians in freakish grips and violently shaking not only their hands, but their entire arm by jerking them in close to him. Trump is left to awkwardly smile until Macron has finished greeting the other politicians.

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

"They shook hands for an extended period of time".

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President Donald Trump was seen shaking hands with French President Macron ahead of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, despite the two lobbying for different policies on globalisation and immigration.

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The pair met ahead of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels - a city Trump called a "hellhole" in 2016 - and it was Macron who appeared to emerge victorious in the battle of the handshakes. Their knuckles turned white, their jaws clenched and their faces tightened.

Melania Trump held her own among the world's first ladies yesterday when she met with the other spouses of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders, including French First Lady Brigitte Macron.

The ensuing handshake proved to be quite a spectacle, with the American demonstrating his signature energetic manoeuvrings, and seeming reluctant to let go.

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

In a video of their encounter, Mr Macron appears to walk straight towards Mr Trump before curving at the last minute to greet German Chancellor Merkel, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and NATO's Secretary General Jen Stollenberg.

In February, the 19-second handshake between Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also made headlines.