'The handshake': Trudeau resists Trump 'jerk and pull'
Published Tuesday, February 14, 2017 9:25AM EST
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.
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.
Trudeau resisting Trump's weird handshake is the biggest display of dominance in the history of Canada— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) February 13, 2017
Great Canadian victories— Kelly Lamrock, Q.C. (@KLamrock) February 13, 2017
1. War of 1812
2. Gold medal hockey matches, 2010 Olympics
3. Trudeau-Trump handshake, 2017 pic.twitter.com/Q8i2DjXZ5E
Haha Trudeau did avoid the creepy handshake of Trump. Well done sir. Well done. #TheResistance— Michael (@manningm88) February 14, 2017
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.