Trump meets new French president with gripping handshake


When President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron met for the first time, the media decided to focus on their handshake, which they measured as being a whopping six seconds long. News outlets and social media users claimed that both men had “white-knuckles” and tense facial expressions, insinuating that something other than just a hearty greeting was going on between the two.

For example, The Washington Post reported:”Their knuckles turned white, their jaws clenched and their faces tightened. Trump reached in first, but then he tried to release, twice, but Macron kept his grip until letting go.”

The report went on to say, “The meeting was on Trump’s turf, but Macron, 31 years his counterpart’s junior, signaled with his tight hold that the American was not the only alpha in the room.”

“It is my great honor to be with the newly elected president of France, who ran an incredible campaign and had a tremendous victory,” Trump said. “All over the world they’re talking about it. Congratulations. Great job.”

Noting that that the two had “an extremely large agenda to discuss: the fight against terrorism, the economy, climate and energy,” Macron told Trump, “I am very happy to be able to change many things together.”

The French president, along with his counterparts from across Europe, is hoping to influence Trump to maintain the U.S. role in keeping the 2015 Paris climate accord, which was negotiated under President Barack Obama. However, during his campaign, Trump said that he would withdraw from it. The matter is currently up in the air as Trump plans to hear out comments from his foreign counterparts before making a decision.

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