French President Macron Brags About Trump handshake, 'Not Innocent'

Lauren Perry
May 29, 2017

He succeeded, but just barely. "My handshake with him, it's not innocent", Macron told Journal du Dimanche in an interview. "It's not the alpha and the omega of politics, but a moment of truth".

"One must show that you won't make small concessions, even symbolic ones, but also not over-publicise things, either", Macron added.

The leaders met in Brussels on Thursday ahead of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

The French president said his white-knuckled handshake with Donald Trump was a "moment of truth" meant to show he's no weakling.

Congratulations to both leaders for emerging from the summit with all of their hands intact.

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Macron said Trump and the Turkish and Russian presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin "think in terms of power ratios, which doesn't bother me". But at least he can brag about his extended handshake with Trump.

But Macron, who became France's youngest president just three weeks ago, said he does not believe in "the diplomacy of public invective but in bilateral dialogue".

The handshake came on the same day as another apparent stunt by Macron - when he walked toward the world leaders and appeared to swerve away from Trump in order to shake hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The French leader held the shake for a few seconds more.

According to the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart, French ambassador to the United States Gérard Araud warned Macron about Trump's handshake prior to the two presidents' meeting in Brussels.

Other reports by VgToday

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