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Saturday 13 of August 2022

Macron says Trump Handshake was 'Moment of Truth'


President Donald Trump shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels,photo: AP/Evan Vucci, File
President Donald Trump shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels,photo: AP/Evan Vucci, File
The two men locked hands for so long that knuckles started turning white

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.