Trudeau first world leader to avoid Trump‘s awkward handshake

Feb 13 2017, 6:57 pm

President Donald Trump greeted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House on Monday morning and per the customary formal greeting, the two world leaders shook hands.

It’s the latest Trump handshake to come under scrutiny following a cringe-worthy meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last week. The bizarre moment incited The Guardian to run the headline, “Never has such a strong grip looked so weak,” meanwhile American media pounced on Trump’s “habit of pulling forcefully on the hand he’s shaking.”

And then John Oliver broke it down and looked at Trump’s history:

In the moment of meeting, it would appear that the Prime Minister managed to resist Trump’s weird gesture by countering with a friendly but assertive shoulder pat.

While the possibility of another epic bromance like the one shared between Trudeau and Trump’s predecessor seems unlikely, this first interaction looked… civil.

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