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Macron confirms of deeper significance to prolonged handshake with Trump

Says his handshake with Trump wasn't an innocent one and it was also a moment of truth

IANS  |  Paris 

US President Donald Trump shakes hand with French President Emmanuel Macron. Photo: Reuters
US President Donald Trump shakes hand with French President Emmanuel Macron. Photo: Reuters

French President Emmanuel confirmed that there was indeed a deeper significance to the prolonged handshake he shared with his US counterpart in Brussels.

"My handshake with him, it's not innocent," told the Journal du Dimanche in an interview published on Sunday.

"It's not the alpha and the omega of politics, but a moment of truth," CNN quoted the French President as saying in the interview.

The two newly-minted leaders met in Brussels on May 25 on the sidelines for the (NATO) Summit and shook hands in full view of the press.

In the interview, compared his own handshake to his leadership posture.

"One must show that we won't make little concessions, even symbolic ones," Macron said.

The centrist European leader also likened Trump's diplomatic approach to those of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President

"Donald Trump, the President of Turkey or the President of Russia are of a mindset of power relations, which doesn't bother me," Macron said, adding: "I don't believe in diplomacy of the public invective but in bilateral dialogues. I don't let anything go. That's how one makes oneself respected."

Macron concluded the interview by saying that he believed he could establish a "cordial relationship" with

The tense moment during Trump's first trip abroad as President became the latest of his handshakes to draw attention online, reports CNN.

In February, Trump's lengthy handshake with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe went viral.

In addition to the awkward Abe shake, has foisted his unusual tug-and-pull style on other high-profile figures, including Vice-President and Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

First Published: Mon, May 29 2017. 15:37 IST