President Donald Trump appeared confused for a moment Monday with a group handshake at a summit of Asian leaders, struggling at first to find the right pose during a group photo before twisting into form.
During Monday’s “family photo,” at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Manila, an unseen announcer instructed the assembled leaders to perform the traditional “ASEAN handshake,” asking the leaders to cross their right arm over their left and shake hands with both their neighbors.
The video of Trump’s apparent brief confusion quickly circulated online.
A befuddled-looking Trump, making his first trip to the ASEAN meeting as part of a five-nation tour of the region, first crossed his arms at the wrists in front of himself before noticing what his counterparts were doing and joining in. He appeared to grimace as he twisted his arms across his body to shake hands with Philippine President Rodrigo on his left and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on his right.
The U.S. president was not the only world leader who seemed to struggle with the ASEAN handshake. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev did not cross his arms for the handshake, instead reaching his right arm to his right and his left arm to his left.