They say you can tell a lot about a person by their handshake, and if that’s true, this handshake is speaking volumes about President Trump. I can say without hyperbole that this here handshake between Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, which took place in the “very famous White House,” is the longest, most awkward handshake in the history of the human hand. It truly has to be seen to be believed.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 10, 2017
The handshake, which lasts an excruciating 18 seconds, goes from bad to worse when Trump, laughing, says to the Prime Minister, “What are they saying?” – “they” being the Japanese photographers. As per Trump’s request, The Prime Minister translates, saying “Look at me,” still referring to the Japanese photographers. Trump, however, mistakes this to mean look at me, as in The Prime Minister, and proceeds to couple this already horrific interaction with some very painful eye contact.
This gives that Spicer interview a run for its money on the awkward scale. Remember how cool Obama was? Sigh.