French President Emmanuel Macron has been captured on video intentionally turning away from greeting US President Donald Trump at the last minute at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels overnight, in favour of new European bestie Angela Merkel, along with other European leaders.
Macron was warned by the French ambassador to the United States after the ambassador learned about the nature of Trump's handshakes.
"Yes!" Araud replied, imitating Trump's tight handshake grip.
The newly elected French President tweeted the video of himself walking up the red carpet towards the group of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders, seemingly headed straight towards the US President. "It was quite a handshake, two alphas". Macron grabs Trump's hand, and Trump sharply yanks Macron towards him in what's become a signature Trump move. However, he said he was not explicitly endorsing Le Pen.Le Pen said she was best placed to defend France's interests in what she called the "new world" of Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin.More news: Stokes, Wood shine as England snatch win from South Africa
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He then greets Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation secretary general Jens Stoltenber before Mr Trump pointedly holds out his hand. The record shows only favorable words from Trump for centrist Emmanuel Macron's opponent, the defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.
While Le Pen had echoed some of Trump's hardline rhetoric on immigration, the USA leader's words of support were surprising.
Then, when he can't avoid it any longer, Macron eventually faces off with Trump in another aggressive, scary shake.
Trump, on his first overseas trip as US president, on Thursday met with European Council President Donald Tusk and Juncker, before holding a lunch meeting with Macron.
Macron won France's election this month by positioning himself as the anti-Trump, embracing globalization and open borders and quoting philosophers.