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A photo taken by senior Reuters photographer Leah Millis of the president’s hands after they greeted each other shows that Macron left a thumbprint on President Trump’s hand.
— corinne_perkins (@corinne_perkins) June 8, 2018
— Press TV (@PressTV) June 9, 2018
Of course, folks on Twitter jumped at the opportunity to make some pretty punny jokes about the handshake.
This whole handshake thing has gotten out of hand.
— Z's Mom (@DMD60) June 9, 2018
They must have discussed a pressing matter.
— Luke Wyman (@lukewyman1) June 9, 2018
I've got to hand it to him.
— Christine (@cccapone) June 9, 2018
Would that be considered a #wellplayedhand
— Jo Anne Smoot (@joannesmoot) June 9, 2018
There’s something appealing about that Macron lad, but I can’t quite but my finger on it.
— (((Nader Hussein))) STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS (@NaderHussein10) June 9, 2018
Less funny folks on Twitter pointed out that it doesn’t seem healthy that Trump’s hand could be so easily affected by a handshake. Some said it could be a sign of dehydration, poor blood circulation, or edema—a condition characterized by an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body.
Not necessarily meaning Macron gripped his hand hard. He may have just had a firm but polite grip however the effect to Trumps skin tone, coloration and tissue is not a good health indicator.
— Kate MA., MS., PsyD. (@katelovesneuro) June 9, 2018
I had the same thought – also maybe dehydration. Hard to tell from the pic
— Allison (@allisons) June 9, 2018
sign of poor blood circulation
— Sasha Talebi (@sashatalebi) June 9, 2018
That's weird. Trump must be bloated.
— Sherri Puente (@Cherita03034023) June 9, 2018
Those hands have never seen a callus, I'm guessing. That is some serious edema going on there, though.
— Donna (@daffi515) June 9, 2018
The two presidents are currently at the G-7 Summit, which is a conference held by the Group of Seven, consisting of the U.S., France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Hosted in Canada, the summit plans to discuss domestic and international priorities, including “to strengthen the middle class, advance gender equity, fight climate change, and promote respect for diversity and inclusion,” according to the Canadian prime minister’s website.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, however, has been referring to the summit as the G6+1, as a way to describe the isolating and tense relationship between the U.S. and the rest of the countries—especially since Trump has been advocating to reinstate the G-8 and effectively re-invite Russia to the summit. Russia was expelled in 2014 after it annexed Crimea.
Trump and Macron have quite the history of firm handshakes. In March 2017, when the two met for the first time at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Brussels, they shared an awkwardly long greeting until their knuckles turned white. Later in July 2017, Trump shook Macron’s hand for approximately 25 seconds as he ceremoniously made his exit from Paris. Many see Trump’s intense handshakes to be a power move on his part, while Macron’s response could be a sign he doesn’t plan to back down from the U.S. president anytime soon.
Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.