Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first face-to-face meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump was off to a great start Monday, if their handshakes were any indication.
Trump greeted Trudeau at the door to the White House's West Wing, where the two had their first already-extremely-analyzed joining of the hands:
Many on Twitter noted how Trudeau seemingly avoided Trump's infamous, uh, yank. One person also described it — extremely accurately — as "the biggest display of dominance" in Canada's history.
Trump tried to pull his standard pull 'em in handshake and Trudeau literally pushed him back to stop him. I'm dying. https://t.co/65iZvojmbM— Calvin (@calvinstowell) February 13, 2017
Promising start: That Trudeau-Trump handshake look normal, not one of those crazy yanking things Trump does.— David Akin (@davidakin) February 13, 2017
Trudeau resisting Trump's weird handshake is the biggest display of dominance in the history of Canada— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) February 13, 2017
If you don't know what the yank looks like — lucky you — feast your eyes on the president's ultra-awkward handshake with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last week.
[Trump and Abe hold hands for 19 seconds]— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 10, 2017
Trump: “Strong hands.” [golf swing] pic.twitter.com/ytPGgwlI3W
It's similar to what happened between Trump and his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch:
Later, after Trump led Trudeau to the Oval Office, Handshake 2: The Reckoning took place.
Trudeau and Trump sat in front of the fireplace — in "complete silence," according to a pool report — while posing for the cameras. Trump told the PM "they might want a handshake."
This too was short, sweet and yank-free.
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