How it shook out

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It’s clear Cana­di­ans were watch­ing Justin Trudeau and Don­ald Trump’s first of­fi­cial meet­ing in­tently Mon­day morn­ing, but who had the up­per hand?

Trump, fast be­com­ing the poster boy for awk­ward hand­shakes af­ter an ag­o­niz­ing 19-sec­ond handshake with Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe, is said to be self-con­scious about how his hands are per­ceived.

Trudeau stepped out of his mo­tor­cade at the White House and im­me­di­ately shook Trump’s hand. This was to his ben­e­fit, ac­cord­ing to Mark Bow­den, an ex­pert in hu­man be­hav­iour and body lan­guage who cre­ated the com­pany Truth­plane, a com­mu­ni­ca­tion train­ing com­pany.

Trudeau and Trump were in close quar­ters, mean­ing the pres­i­dent couldn’t pull the prime min­is­ter in, Bow­den said.

“I think Trudeau for sure held his own,” Bow­den said.

But Trump wasn’t done. He placed his hand on top of Trudeau’s shoul­der, another show of dom­i­nance. Trudeau re­sponded in turn, plac­ing his hand on Trump’s arm.

Later, while seated, they shook hands again. “What’s in­ter­est­ing is Trump ac­tu­ally of­fers Trudeau the up­per hand,” Bow­den said.


U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ex­tends his hand to Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau on Mon­day in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

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