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Macron says Trump handshake was 'moment of truth'

May and Macron GETTY Emmanuel Macron speaks with British Prime Minister Theresa May during a bilateral meeting
Rickey Rodriguez | 05 June, 2017, 08:12

His recent meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron at this week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit produced a number of photographs featuring the two hunky heads of state gazing at each other in ways that similarly could be interpreted as homoerotic.

NY [U.S.A.], May 29: With US President Donald Trump's signature handshake managing to make highlights nearly every time, the newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron described his recent encounter with him as "the moment of truth".

Macron told the French newspaper that the energetic handshake with Trump was meant to signify that theirs is a relationship between equals.

Macron's office confirmed the veracity of the president's comments in Le Journal du Dimanche.

He tends to make them fairly prolonged and uses a freaky technique of gripping his counterpart's hand and giving it a yank before releasing their hand, but other world leaders seem to have caught on.

When Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau visited Trump for the first time, he was clearly prepared.

The two newly-minted leaders met in Brussels on Thursday and shook hands in full view of the press.

After the awkward handshake, Macron met with a slew of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders, including Trump during a summit. Trump is left to awkwardly smile until Macron has finished greeting the other politicians. But at the last second President Macron ducks to the right and shares a warm embrace with Angela Merkel, leaving Trump to lower his hands awkwardly back down to his sides.

"I saw someone who listens and who is willing to work", Macron added.

Another Trump incident became social media fodder when Trump appeared to shove Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, who was walking ahead of Trump, so that Trump could be standing at the front of the group, according to NBC News. "I asked him if he'd seen the videos of the handshakes and if he indeed had a chance to warn Macron", Capehart wrote in a column published Friday.

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