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Trump handshake showdown: France's Macron just won't let go

In reality, Trump maintained his distance from La Pen, preferring not to interfere in France's internal affairs (consistent with Trump's rejections of globalism and respect for national sovereignty) and he is now prepared to work with the new French President Macron on our common interests, despite today's handshake controversy.

At The Fix, we've written a few times about President Trump's weird handshakes - particularly his habit of yanking on the hand of the person he's shaking.

Macron briefly thanked Trump and told reporters the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, scheduled to take place later on the day, would "allow us to have a first meeting" and that he was "very happy to be able to change a lot of things together".

"I think you can expect the president to be very tough on them, saying, 'Look the U.S. is spending 4%".

"Best thing about this is not the handshake itself but Macron acting like it's totally normal", wrote another Twitter user.

"It is my great honor to be with the newly elected president of France, who ran an incredible campaign and had a tremendous victory".

However, Macron claimed that the lunch meeting with Trump was "a very good, frank and warm discussion".




It looks like world leaders are starting to catch on that you have to strike first-and hard-when you shake President Donald Trump's hand.

But they all agreed on one thing: Macron won the battle.

Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at his campaign headquarters after early results in the second round in the 2017 French presidential election in Paris.

Macron was also expected to press home the European Union position that Washington should respect multilateral procedures in trade negotiations instead of dealing individually with different European Union states.

Diplomats said there had been no agreement on these issues ahead of the G7 gathering, meaning the leaders will seek to strike an accord amongst themselves.

The two were never destined to be bosom buddies. Charles Michel and he are indeed only two years apart, the first being 41 years old and the second being 39 years old.

By that stage, the situation was drawing open laughter from the likes of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg. The leaders agreed that the new French president would host the German and Polish leaders in France in August, the diplomat said. Watch Trump closely. He doesn't do his usual "pulling in" power move.

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