Good God, why can't Donald Trump properly shake someone's hand?
The President's handshake game came under international scrutiny in February when he forced Japan's Shinzo Abe into an awkward 19-second battle of the hands. Soon afterwards, he tried to alpha-dog a handshake with French president Emmanuel Macron, but was forced to retreat after Macron squeezed so tight Trump was left with whitened fingers. Canada's wily Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was prepared for the Trumpshake because when his turn came he used his left hand to balance on the President's shoulder so the President couldn't force him closer.
But what precisely about Donald Trump's handshakes are so alarming?Well, the first thing is he uses them to jerk
The second thing is that it's power play.
The Trump-Trudeau handshake has happened. Just look at the power struggle there, Trudeau has been well briefed. https://t.co/MsAEvtTNQ2— Alistair Coleman (@Alistair Coleman)1487003544.0
Navarro goes on to explain that prolonged handshakes and hand patting can be an invasion of another person's space.
@MorcoVelo @TVietor08 @SenCoryGardner Jesus, that's like a Trump-level long ass handshake.— ian wears the mask but how long will it last? (@ian wears the mask but how long will it last?)1509479260.0
Which brings us back to Trump's latest handshake gaffe.
It’s a been a while, but it’s back with a vengeance. On his visit to Asia, Trump’s bizarre handshake returned. https://t.co/enHdiqOPBM— HuffPost (@HuffPost)1510604101.0
When the world leaders crossed hands for a traditional group handshake, Trump floundered.
President Trump learns the traditional "ASEAN handshake" in Manila https://t.co/Bii9oMfTdC— Jonathan Ernst (@Jonathan Ernst)1510560123.0