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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

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Updated:June 27, 2017, 4:33 PM IST
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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:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s signature hug has been received by many a personalities:

World Leaders Gather For G20 Summit In Brisbane

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Brisbane Convention and Exhibitions Centre

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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

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is welcomed by his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe upon his arrival at the State Guest House in Kyoto

U.S. President Barack Obama hugs India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he arrives at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi

US President Barack Obama hugs Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he arrives at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi

Narendra Modi with CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook headquarters in California

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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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| Edited by: Aditya Nair
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