Narendra Modi Stumps US President Trump in a Battle of Power Moves
Trump uses his handshake as a power move, a manner through which he asserts his dominance. Modi on the other hand uses the hug as a way of showing that he is an affectionate person
New Delhi: The meeting of two global powerhouses – US President Donald Trump and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a closely watched affair. Both leaders are known for their flamboyant style and popularity among masses. They both possess a signature style of greeting others – Trump’s clasp-and-tug handshake and Modi’s free-hugs-for-everyone.
Trump uses his handshake as a power move, a manner through which he asserts his dominance. Modi on the other hand uses the hug as a way of showing that he is an affectionate person. As they addressed the media, the world waited with bated breath - How will they both greet each other? Which leader will give way to the other?
As their every move will be closely followed and analysed, it seems the Indian PM had the perfect answer to Trump’s power move. With surgical timing, the Narendra Modi would turn the handshake into a hug whenever Donald Trump would try to tug his hand. A self-admitted germaphobe, Trump seems to have not been anticipating the move and was truly overshadowed by the Indian counterpart.
Twitter obviously went into a meltdown as Modi stumped Trump:
Find you someone who will hug you like Indian PM Modi just hugged President Trump pic.twitter.com/fg7ABaA8OS— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) June 26, 2017
Most country heads can't get past Trump's handshake hurdles and mind games. Modi : pic.twitter.com/AduB8Q52Mf— M.N (@FergusonTime) June 27, 2017
Handshake review: Looked firm, mildly jerky from Trump. Modi gave it back strategically as well. All in all good for India. #ModiTrumpMeet— Kabir Taneja (@KabirTaneja) June 26, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s signature hug has been received by many a personalities:
After the Awkward Hug, Holande turned back to escape Modi but... pic.twitter.com/VyIcjbnTqa— Joy (@Joydas) January 24, 2016
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Brisbane Convention and Exhibitions Centre
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) embrace as Laos Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong (R) looks on as they takes part in the ASEAN plus India meeting in Kuala Lumpur
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is welcomed by his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe upon his arrival at the State Guest House in Kyoto
US President Barack Obama hugs Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he arrives at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook headquarters in California
Prime Minister Narendra Modi receiving Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan after he arrived on a three-day visit, at Palam Technical Area in New Delhi
The Trump administration better muster up some new moves.
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