Power Play: Non-Verbal Cues Between Trump, Putin
The highly anticipated summit between president Donald Trump and Russian resident Vladimir Putin began with a meeting in Helsinki, Finland’s ornate gothic hall. But their interactions - from the start - were tense and awkward. Trump leaned forward in his chair - winking slightly at Putin before gesturing for him to speak first. Putin, for his part, appeared slightly bored at times - avoiding eye contact with trump as he spoke, leaning sideways in his chair. His famous ‘slouch’ appeared in sharp contrast to president Trump’s classic power stance - portraying a demeanor that lacked interest. The two exchanged a very brief handshake as that meeting ended.