After the White House meeting on Friday, Trump went in for what may go down as one of the most painfully long handshakes in recent memory.
The two men grasped hands for precisely 17 seconds — a lifetime in handshake years.
It takes two to handshake, so Trump was not completely at fault, but he did also awkwardly pat Abe’s hand during the interaction.
It should be noted that Abe, for his part, said that he looked forward to showing how the countries’ alliance is “unshakable” before the meeting.
“I would like to clearly demonstrate the unshakable Japan-US alliance to the world,” Abe said.
But Abe appeared to be less than comfortable after the handshake. See him recoil here:
PM Shinzo Abe after Trump handshake: