French President says Turmp handshake not innocent
May 28, Paris: The French President Emmanuel Macron has said his clenched handshake with Donald Trump was "not innocent" and was a "moment of truth".
The awkward encounter saw each grip the other's hand so firmly that their knuckles turned white . Macron told French media he had wanted to "show he would not make small concessions, not even symbolic ones, but also not overdo things".
The leaders had met in Brussels on Thursday ahead of a Nato summit, and their vigorous handshake continued over several seconds, Mr Macron and Mr Trump also looked each other fixedly in the eyes until the US president attempted to disengage."I don't believe in diplomacy through public criticism but in my bilateral dialogues I don't let anything pass. That is how you get respect."
The Oslo Times International News Network