Macron snubs Trump for Merkel & another arm wrestle follows

Nick Mcbride
May 28, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron worked on Trump during lunch Thursday, urging the US president not to ditch the 196-nation Paris Agreement on climate change before getting on a plane to Sicily, Italy.

That schoolyard bully approach to global diplomacy failed Trump this week, though, when new French President Emmanuel Macron refused to play along with his Business For Pricks 101 tactic.

The photogs noticed that Trump and Macron were gripping their hands hard and in photo below Trump seems to just want his hand back.

Trump is famous for his drawn-out handshakes, accompanied with an intense alpha-male grimace.

It's a question that bears repeating: what is it with Trump and handshakes?

President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, says the other G-7 leaders respect the USA position that more time is needed for Trump to make a final decision on whether to stay in the Paris climate accord.

While the French ambassador, Gérard Araud, did not reveal what he told the Macron, Capehart and another guest jokingly told him that he should discuss Trump's handshake with Macron.

During the three months that Donald Trump has been president, the NY businessman has shaken his fair share of hands - and has refused to shake few others.

This comes as a surprise, given Trump's expression of support for Le Pen during the election campaign, which concluded with a Macron victory on May 7. "You can see Macron trying to get away from the situation - he puts his arms on Trump to stop him pulling him inwards".

As Macron approached Trump, he made a swift route-change and instead greeted German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which Trump took umbrage with. Trump is left to awkwardly smile until Macron has finished greeting the other politicians.

"As regards Brexit I'm very clear and I remain clear that we have under the (EU) treaty up to two years to negotiate withdrawal and the future relationship, and when we leave the European Union it's important that we know not just what the withdrawal terms are but what that future relationship will be, which will include trade", she told reporters. "He'd hate it", wrote one user on Twitter.

The most awkward, aggressive handshake ever? White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer later suggested that Trump simply didn't hear Merkel's request, the Independent reports.

Other reports by VgToday

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