Trump handshake showdown: France's Macron just won't let go

Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic center right after appearing to be pushed by Donald Trump center during a NATO summit of heads of state and government in Brussels on Thursday

Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic center right after appearing to be pushed by Donald Trump center during a NATO summit of heads of state and government in Brussels on Thursday

The ever-growing book of weird handshakes involving President Donald Trump has a new chapter!

Gerard Araud, serving as France's ambassador to the United Nations in 2014.

But much like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, it appears newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron figured out how to block the Trump-shake: Go in hard.

When Capehart met with Araud again after the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, he asked the ambassador whether Macron had been warned. "A look of surprise popped on Araud's face as he inquired what exactly did that mean".

Trump, on his first overseas trip as USA president, on Thursday met with European Council President Donald Tusk and Juncker, before holding a lunch meeting with Macron. Both of us told him about Trump's affinity for the alpha male, grab-and-pull power pump that always seemed to reduce the other person to a rag doll.

Just days before the first round of the French presidential election, Trump frequently championed Le Pen as the "strongest on borders, and she's the strongest on what's been going on in France".

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But it also said, "President Trump urged President Macron to meet the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense spending pledge and ensure that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is focused on counterterrorism".

An Internet security firm said in a report last month that Macron's campaign was targeted in cyberattacks bearing the hallmarks of a hacking outfit, which intelligence officials say is a branch of Russia's espionage apparatus. In that shake, Trump simply clamped down and refused to let go.

Trump first congratulated Macron on his "tremendous" victory that was being talked about "all over the world".

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said he did not know if Trump had said this to Macron but indicated the two men got along. So, before you roll your eyes and dismiss this all as fluff and nonsense, remember that the job Trump had right before running for president was as a star of a reality TV show.

Mr Macron said he respected Mr Trump's decision to put the Paris agreements under review.

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