The two men locked hands for so long that knuckles started turning white
President Donald Trump shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels. Trump hasn’t done a lot of public speaking during his big trip abroad. But the president’s body language and that of those around him has spoken volumes. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File), photo: AP/Evan Vucci, File
28 of May 2017 14:48:28
French President Emmanuel Macron says his now famous white-knuckle handshake showdown with U.S. 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."Macron added: "One must show that you won't make small concessions, even symbolic ones, but also not over-publicize things, either."Macron's office confirmed 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.