LOOK: ASEAN handshake photo op go awry after Trump breaks lineup

Shara Mae Balce
PUBLISHED November 14, 2017 10:27 am
US President Donald Trump grimaced as he clasps left hand of Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc with both hands and failed to reach President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte's (at the left) in the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

(Inside Manila) The world is going crazy at the most recent awkward handshake of the President of the United States Donald Trump during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit held in the Philippines.


Trump’s “yank and pull” style handshakes have been under much scrutiny ever since he became the US President in January. However, this latest handshake of the US President was deemed to be the “most awkward presidential handshake,” yet, when he failed to grasp the hands of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at summit of world leaders on Monday, November 13.


While other world leaders are arm-crossed to those next to them, Trump used both of his hands to clutch Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, breaking the symbolic lineup that supposed to denote unity.



US President Trump tries to reach President Duterte's hand after realizing his mistake. Photo from Reuters


Trump grimaced and laughed after recognizing his error and finally made the link between Nguyen and Duterte. On the other hand, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also failed to cross his arms to clasp the extended hands of Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, but Medvedev maintained the chain linked.


The failure on the signature handshake of state heads then showed uncomfortable pictures.


The US President’s handshakes during high profile meetings has been his trademark in his first year in office.


Trump is in the last leg of his Asia trip that has taken him to South Korea, Japan, Vietnam and China.

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