Trump, Medvedev battle with ASEAN handshake
By Associated Press| Updated: November 13, 2017
MANILA, Philippines— The so-called “Family Photo” in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-related events will not be total without the standard handshake– and United States President Donald Trump has actually been captured off guard briefly baffled by it.
Trump, who is understood for his aggressive handshakes with world leaders, had a hard time when he participated in the popular ASEAN handshake.
The commentator’s direction to the leaders to cross their best arm over their left baffled Trump, who stopped working in his very first effort. He merely crossed his hands in front of him, breaking the link of leaders.
After couple of seconds, Trump appeared to understand his error and connected arms with much shorter leaders– Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to the left and President Rodrigo Duterte to the right.
He was seen grimacing prior to flashing a smile.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, on the other hand, did not cross his arms however the chain of leaders stayed undamaged.
Handshakes have actually ended up being a Trump hallmark in his very first year in workplace. He typically pulls the other individual towards him and pats or yanks in an indication indicated to set a tone for the conference ahead.
The uneasy gesture has actually ended up being a custom at ASEAN parties.
Previous ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan stated the handshake represents the bloc’s uniformity amongst states.
” We had much better combine ourselves and produce more tourist attraction amongst and in between ourselves if we want to stay the core of community-building in the area,” Pitsuwan was priced quote in Simon Tay’s book “Asia Alone: The Dangerous Post-Crisis Divide from America.”
Trump remains in the nation– the last stop of his Asia trip– for the ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings.
The American leader and Duterte held their very first bilateral conference Monday afternoon.
When an American press reporter attempted to ask Trump if he would bring up human rights concerns throughout the conference, Duterte stated: “We aren’t taking concerns. This is a bilateral conference.”– Video by Gaea Cabico and Efigenio Toledo IV