President Trump’s infamous handshakes are getting downright vicious, but brave leaders of the world are starting to fight back.
Throughout his time in office Trump seems to have perfected his signature intimidating handshake, in which he firmly grasps the hand of his victim and powerfully shakes and pulls on it for a ridiculously long period of time.
On Trump’s international tour, his handshake was first challenged (and defeated) by the president of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, but on Thursday morning the newly appointed president of France, Emmanuel Macron, made Trump’s hand pay for what it’s done.
At the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Brussels, Trump congratulated Macron on his “tremendous victory.” Then, the highly anticipated moment of truth came: The two went in for the handshake. MACRON WAS PREPARED.
The French president showed tremendous strength and resilience during the shake, making faces that showed unrelenting dominance. Trump, on the other hand, appeared to weaken. The video clearly shows the U.S. president attempting to pull away towards the end, but his international host wasn’t having it.
Let’s take a closer look at Macron’s accomplished and slightly menacing face:
And now a peek at President Trump, who appears to be slowly dying inside with his limp-looking hand:
Now while this certainly wasn’t Trump’s strangest handshake, the description provided in the White House Pool report is what makes this moment truly terrifying.
According to the report, “Each president gripped the other’s hand with considerable intensity, their knuckles turning white and their jaws clinching and faces tightening.” LOL. Great. Wonderful. Everything is fine.
Naturally, Twitter users noticed the latest installment in Trump’s bizarre handshake tour and shared their thoughts on Macron’s challenging grip.
This round obviously goes to Macron, but whoever’s on deck for the next Trump shake should probably start practicing now.