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Power grip of leaders: Macron says Trump handshake was ‘moment of truth’

Former reality TV star Trump is known to make visitors flinch with a strong handshake that he often combines with a wrench of the arm to leave his victim off balance.

world Updated: May 28, 2017 19:38 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
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President Donald Trump shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting at the US Embassy in Brussels on May 25.(AP Photo)

French President Emmanuel Macron says his now famous white-knuckle handshake showdown with US counterpart Donald Trump was “a moment of truth” designed to show that he’s no pushover.

Macron told a Sunday newspaper in France that “my handshake with him, it wasn’t innocent.”

“One must show that you won’t make small concessions, even symbolic ones, but also not over-publicise things, either,” Macron added.

Macron’s office confirmed to The Associated Press the veracity of the president’s comments in Le Journal du Dimanche.

At their first meeting, ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday, the two men locked hands for so long that knuckles started turning white. The French leader held the shake for a few seconds more. Both men’s jaws seemed to clench.

First Published: May 28, 2017 19:37 IST