Trump met the newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron right before the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit on Thursday and the meeting offered a sneak peek into how the US-French relations may pan out in future.
Macron, who was elected on May 7, said Trump, like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey's leader Tayyip Erdogan, value strength.
When asked about President Trump's personality, Macron said: "It's not for me to make any physiologic comments". He seems to be headed in Trump's direction, but when the American president extends a hand, Macron turns to hug Merkel instead.
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It is not the first time Trump has caught the world's attention with his macho man grip. At one point, the president tried to pull his hand away, but Mr. Macron grabbed his hand even harder and kept pressing it.
It was for Macron a moment to assert equality with the U.S. I don't let anything pass.
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He tends to make them fairly prolonged and uses a freakish 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. Pictures and video show the two world leaders, who met in Brussels before the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, gripping each other's hands while grimacing slightly.
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It is a tactic that others have also employed when meeting the United States leader.
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French diplomats had said beforehand that Mr Macron would use the meeting to try to convince Mr Trump to stick to a global deal to combat climate change. Trump hasn't done a lot of public speaking during his big trip overseas.
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