United States President Donald Trump has reaffirmed the strong ties between Washington and Tokyo when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited him at the White House this week.
More than the assuring words, however, it was the awkward handshake between Trump and Abe Friday (Feb. 11) that caught netizens’ attention.
A video of the 19-second handshake the two leaders exchanged at the White House has gone viral on Facebook, with the version posted by the @POTUS Twitter account garnering close to 2 million views.
— President Trump (@POTUS) February 10, 2017
Abe looked like he was uncomfortable at the eerily long handshake and appeared relieved when Trump released his hand.
The US President, meanwhile, was consistently smiling and even patted Abe’s hand briefly.
Following the meeting in Washington, Trump and Abe headed to the US President’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida to play golf.