After much Canadian handwringing over how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would assert himself with U.S. President Donald Trump, the PM’s handshake is being hailed as a demonstration he can hold his own with the POTUS.

Trump often yanks people toward him when he accepts a handshake, in a forceful move that has thrown off everyone from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to Trump's own Vice President Mike Pence.

But Trudeau appeared ready for the handshake-jerk when the two met for the first time on Monday, outside the White House in Washington.


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Video of the moment shows Trudeau quickly moving close to the president, then placing his left hand on Trump's shoulder while accepting the handshake. Both men ended up sharing a very firm handshake, with neither lurching toward the other.

Canadians hailed the moment as a symbolic victory for Trudeau.

It was one of two major handshake moments during the visit. Social media users also pounced on a moment between the two leaders in the Oval Office, when Trudeau was photographed staring at Trump's offered hand before accepting a handshake.