Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may be a polite man, but even he couldn’t hide his discomfort after being subjected to President Donald Trump’s long and cringe-worthy handshake where he tugged and pulled at the foreign leader’s hand for over 19 seconds.
Abe’s face expressions pretty much summed it all up.
The two leaders met in White House to discuss major world issues – including Trump’s withdrawal from TPP, the East China Sea dispute and the future of the two nations’ security alliance. However, if their deeply uncomfortable joint press conference was anything to go by, their conversation probably went as good as their super-awkward handshake.
Perhaps, the reporters are partly to blame as well.
When Abe and the business mogul met at the Oval office, one of the photographers asked them to shake hands. Since the former reality TV star loves air time, he decided to steal the limelight for as long as humanly possible and took his Japanese counterpart’s hand, jerking it this way and that, not letting it go.
They were a painful 19 seconds for Abe but a treat for photographers and social media users who couldn’t make enough jokes at expense of what looked like a desperate friendship cry.
[Trump and Abe hold hands for 19 seconds]— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 10, 2017
Trump: “Strong hands.” [golf swing] pic.twitter.com/ytPGgwlI3W
Abe: Ok, you can let go now— Efren (@GsanchezEfren) February 10, 2017
Trump: I own Japan now.
Abe: That's not how this works
Trump: I'm sorry I dont understand Chinese
Abe: Fuck you https://t.co/dnUinvxNh3
Normal guy shaking hands like a normal pic.twitter.com/FK4ICDIMv5— Slade Sohmer (@Slade) February 10, 2017
Donald Trump holds Prime Minister Abe's hand hostage in a handshake: pic.twitter.com/sGfYXYdk2H— Alt Donald Trump (@Warzone_Maniac) February 10, 2017
At one point, Trump even tried to draw himself closer to the Japanese leader.
Trump needs to moderate his handshake, that pulling action must be unnerving for others. https://t.co/8KaZM67yDz— Monica Olsson (@MonicaOlsson13) February 10, 2017
However, Abe wasn’t too keen.
His iconic eye role expressed everything.
Hahaha, omg look at PM Shinzo Abe's face after trump manhandles him!! ???? pic.twitter.com/CHGo8946wt— Helina Moylan (@hjpm1601) February 10, 2017
There was a look of relief that crossed PM Abe's face after Trump let his hand go. https://t.co/RYOmw528cl— A Little Royal (@alittlebitroyal) February 10, 2017
Alas, the prime minister was finally released from Trump’s clutches.
PM Shinzo Abe after Trump handshake: ?? pic.twitter.com/h0ayPS9pB9— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) February 10, 2017
Reaction from Japanese PM Abe after what looked like quite the long, firm handshake from Pres. Trump. pic.twitter.com/LY6D3D8O8S— Micah Grimes (@MicahGrimes) February 10, 2017
While the internet was busy mocking the interaction, the tweeter-in-chief took it as a “yuge” honor.
If you thought this was a one of a kind handshake action, you are mistaken because Trump is the guru of weirdness.
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