Let’s not be blue about this

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

AS FAR as of­fi­cial APEC out­fits go, it’s pretty tame.

Dressed in re­spectable dark blue silk but­ton-down shirts, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Rus­sia’s Vladimir Putin en­joyed a brief hand­shake be­fore the of­fi­cial “fam­ily photo” was taken at the Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion sum­mit in Viet­nam.

The two lead­ers (pic­tured) had been ex­pected to hold a for­mal meet­ing on the side­lines of the sum­mit but the White House said on Fri­day that would not take place.

Press Sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee San­ders blamed sched­ul­ing con­flicts while Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son said the pair would not meet un­less they had some­thing sub­stan­tive to dis­cuss.

Since 1994 each sum­mit has in­cluded a group photo with del­e­gates in lo­cal at­tire as a dis­play of co-op­er­a­tion among world lead­ers.

It was a de­par­ture for Mr Trump, who is rarely snapped in any­thing but a suit and tie or a golf shirt.

For­mer US pres­i­dent Barack Obama tried to end the cus­tom when he hosted the sum­mit in Hawaii in 2012 by get­ting the lead­ers to wear suits but that proved to be tem­po­rary.

Pre­vi­ous no­table APEC shirts have in­cluded pon­chos in Peru, colour­ful batik shirts in Malaysia and an over­coat called a du­ru­magi in South Korea.

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