Trump tried this special handshake and the photos aren't too... flattering
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Trump tried this special handshake and the photos aren’t too… flattering


Ah, the terribly awkward ASEAN handshake.
Ah, the terribly awkward ASEAN handshake.

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock

Donald Trump, well-noted aficionado of the dominant handshake, found himself in unfamiliar greeting territory on Monday.

Joining other world leaders at the ASEAN Summit in the Philippines, the U.S. President was required to perform the special “ASEAN handshake” with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, who stood next to him.

To explain, it’s a handshake with two people next to you, with the key difference being your arms need to be crossed over your body. 

It’s a terribly, terribly awkward maneuver, and Trump is clearly bemused by the whole thing.

Out of all the awkward handshakes Trump’s dished out in his presidency, surely this might just be the cringiest. 

Yes, these photos are real.

Maybe Trump is better off sticking to the “yank and pull” next time. 

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November 13, 2017
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