President Donald Trump had more than a little trouble pulling off a traditional multi-leader handshake at an international conference in the Philippines on Monday.
During the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Manila, attending world leaders were invited on stage for the conference’s customary group handshake, in which the heads of state cross their arms and join hands with their counterparts.
The Associated Press reported that “the announcer’s instructions briefly baffled Trump” — a struggle that was also made abundantly clear in photos and footage of the moment.
After Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte motioned for Trump to step forward, the president made his first mistake, offering the wrong hand to Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, who was on his right.
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Trump then had a lightbulb moment and strained to correct his positioning, but ended up securing an uncomfortable-looking grip on Duterte and Phúc’s hands.
Things got a bit awkward as Pres. Trump posed with world leaders for a group handshake at the beginning of the ASEAN summit in the Philippines. https://t.co/dhlr1L4z5o pic.twitter.com/TrBQWcxWLP
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