Photo op goes awry

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DON­ALD Trump was all fin­gers and thumbs dur­ing a care­fully chore­ographed photo op yes­ter­day at a sum­mit of world lead­ers, fail­ing to grasp whose hands he was sup­posed to be hold­ing and break­ing a lineup in­tended to show­case unity.

Trump, whose in­sur­gent elec­tion vic­tory was built on his will­ing­ness to dis­rupt po­lit­i­cal con­ven­tion, was sup­posed to cross his arms and join hands with the men on either side of him. But as oth­ers clutched the hands of the per­son to their left and their right, Trump used both of his hands to clasp the ex­tended fin­gers of Viet­nam’s Prime Min­is­ter Nguyen Xuan Phuc. The dou­bling up left sum­mit host Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte with a spare hand – and broke the line into two parts.

The hand­shake chain is a set piece of gath­er­ings of the 10mem­ber As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (Asean), who are meet­ing with lead­ers from China, the US, Rus­sia, New Zealand, Aus­tralia, In­dia, Canada, Ja­pan and South Korea.

Af­ter an awk­ward few sec­onds, Trump ap­peared to recog­nise his er­ror and made the link be­tween Nguyen and Duterte. — AFP

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