Diplomacy

France’s new president isn’t having Trump’s alpha-male handshake bullsh*t

President Trump‘s alpha-male handshakes seem to have become an unspoken challenge for world leaders. According to the press, France’s newly elected president Emmanuel Macron is the latest to step up the plate, and most agree that he came out the victor.

According to the Washington Post‘s Phillip Rucker, the two leaders exchanged a handshake with their “knuckles turning white and their jaws clenching and faces tightening.”

Press photos clearly showed who came out on top:

From The A.V. Club:

Not only does Macron grasp high on the wrist, smooshing the president’s contentiously sized hands until they are flattened in pain, he dominates the shaking motion, maintaining the grip even as Trump attempts to pull his hand away.

Here’s video of the struggle:

Macron wasn’t going to be the first to let go, so Trump was the first to relent. Sad!

Later that day, the two had a rematch and Macron handled it well:

Best comment so far:

Macron isn’t the only one who was ready for Trump’s Greco-Roman style of hand wrestling. Tajikistan’s president Emomali Rahmon shut him down on Tuesday:

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