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Donald Trump's Handshake Displays Weakness

Updated on June 3, 2017

One has to come to terms with the meaning behind a “mirror” handshake in geopolitics. A handshake conveys a leader’s personality that measures their influence and impression on the international stage.

Barack Obama’s first White House meeting with Donald Trump displayed a very confident leader leaving the White House. Obama’s posture was firm and upright, he leaned forwards towards Trump with his eyes fixated on the incoming leader. The incoming leader bowed his head showing some consolable reflection of his own negativity that projected his neuroticism. Then, Trump simply folded his hands upon his knees, and told the media that Obama is indeed a good man.

Unfortunately, Obama did not reciprocate the favor. At the end of the photo op, Obama’s hand engulfed Trump’s hand, this had a pronounced universal effect that showed Obama’s global respect in our world.

Donald Trump’s handshake does pose a problem with international leaders in both formal and informal settings. With less dominant nations, Trump’s handshake is soft and to the point typically highlighting the closing of a deal or discussion.

Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shared a 19-second handshake that was particularly intriguing in the world of politics. After the handshake, Abe turned away from Trump and opened his mouth in disbelief. As the cameras continued to roll it was revealing that this 70-year old President seemed to be oblivious of Abe’s disquieting demeanor of disgust.

Abe realized that the handshake set the tone of Japan’s position in the Asia Pacific region. Trump’s handshake with Abe was affectionate, it wasn’t simply a handshake, it was fatherly. As Trump was shaking Abe’s hand, Trump used his other hand to tap Abe’s wrist like a child needing reassurance in their position in society. Trump simply asserted his influence, and by that he exerted his dominance over a nation unsure of their status with the rapid rise of China.

One can not oversimplify a handshake, the media made the handshake a symbol of an uncomfortable joke played on Shinzo Abe. However, for the unsuspecting eye, this signaled a dangerous build-up of individual power that officially introduced North Korea as a provocateur to continue firing their short-range ballistic missiles close to Japanese territorial waters. It enabled North Korea to defend their position and radical behavior in the North Korean Peninsula.

Russia and China detected weakness with Trump’s royal diadem and purple robe that consequently left the two leaders vulnerable and indecisive with the complicated matters in the Asia Pacific region. To prove my point, China and the US are inextricably intertwined economically. Japan is not in the position to be the third-place economic powerhouse in Asia. Japan refuses to relinquish that position to China.

Again for the unsuspecting eye, when President of China Xi Jinping met Trump, Xi made a crucial point to keep his elbow higher ensuring his hand was above Trump’s. Xi’s elaborate code of practice was to show the world that China is not only a rising power with geopolitical ambition, but also a country that others can rely on to share not only wealth, but the mutual respect that they command from their role in building up global economies.

French President Emmanuel Macron had some sharp words expressing his handshake with Donald Trump as the two leaders gripped each other’s hand tightly and even clenched their faces and jaws to show every ounce of dominance. Macron stated, “My handshake with (President Trump) was not innocent, not the alpha and the omega of a policy, but a moment of truth.” He continued, “We must show that we will not make small concessions, even symbolic ones.”

The French President showed the world that he is now a rising power in Europe. His simple move has established his position above Great Britain and propelled his dominance in gaining mutual respect from the European Union.

On the other hand, Theresa May seems to cuddle up with Donald Trump every time they get the chance to meet. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has shamed Britain on an unprecedented scale with these actions.


I'd like to thank Michael Ambrozewicz for his contribution to this article.

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      GalaxyRat 2 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Thank you for that. I'm not trying to be better than anyone else here. I personally like TSAD's Hubs, as they are entertaining.

      -Galaxy

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      Fiorenzo Arcadi 2 months ago from 1592 Bloor Street West

      GalaxyRat You are better writer than the Legend. I like your poems.

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      GalaxyRat 2 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Fiorenzo,

      I wouldn't say TSAD says he's a legend. Just because he says he's "Bigfoot" doesn't mean he's trying to promote himself in that way. He's just trying to promote the fact it's NONE OF YOUR BEESWAX about who he is.

      And the alien ones and stuff are simply for fun, unless he states otherwise. It would be like me writing poems or you writing about hockey. It's for fun.

      -Galaxy

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      Fiorenzo Arcadi 2 months ago from 1592 Bloor Street West

      Theresa May and Donald Trump have been photographed holding hands as they took a walk through the White House. Theresa May demeans the national character of every British citizen. Margaret Thatcher refused to hold hands with Ronald Reagan. Theresa May is not a leader. This women is weak.

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      Fiorenzo Arcadi 2 months ago from 1592 Bloor Street West

      This is what Tsad said;Having said all that, I'll be frank about my profile...It's none of your business (and why would you believe anything I would tell you about me anyway?) but if you must know more you can write to any office of the FBI for more information on "Tsadjatko". They all know about the legend of Tsadjatko (which is the Quinault Indian name for BIGFOOT)! but I warn you, then the FBI will have YOUR information. :-)....I read Tsad articles, frivolous content. The idiot writes about aliens. This guy calls himself a legend.

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      TSAD 2 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      You are willing to do something that is impossible? That's your argument? That's what you think makes you a Christian? Dying "among the Christians who died" doesn't make you a Christian, any of what you have said doesn't even make sense.

      Destroy you? I'm simply telling you the truth, you are destroying yourself, you are deluded and a cynical hate filled person as your diatribe about Trump demonstrates.

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      GalaxyRat 2 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      True, TSAD... and I noticed how you said "gobbledygook". You a fan of Harry Potter?

      OK, sorry, getting off topic. Anyway, you are right.

      Now that I am in a fighting mood, Fiorenzo, your comment was wrong. You just don't have to believe in God, but believe in His words, that HIS SON died and rose again.

      Etc.

      -Galaxy

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      TSAD 2 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      So is that an admission you are a liberal before you are a Christian? You called yourself a Christian and you have no clue what a Christian is, that would be obvious even to an atheist.

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      TSAD 2 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Galaxy Rat, just look at his comments - he avoids answering any question demonstrating he has no idea what Christianity is or what how to become a Christian or he would have professed Jesus Christ as his savior and the lord of his life in answer to my question - he didn't but instead he babbled gobbledygook that means nothing in the context of our discussion! A real strange one this is.

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      GalaxyRat 2 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      I know, TSAD. I'm just not in the mood to argue right now. But, you are right about the Christian beliefs. If you don't belief in those things, you ain't a Christian, and no one can get ya in the Kingdom of Heaven.

      :)

      -Galaxy

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      TSAD 2 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      But you are a liberal so everything you say is solely because you are a liberal. It's been my experience that liberals' Christianity, if they even profess to be Christians is a perversion of the gospel.

      Let me guess,

      you are a Christian, but pro abortion...not a Christian belief.

      You are a Christian but don't believe Jesus Christ is the only way to God ...not a Christian belief.

      You are a Christian but don't accept the Bible as the infallible word of God......not a Christian belief.

      Don't mean to put words in your mouth so feel free to tell me how you are not those kind of "Christians."

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      TSAD 2 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Galaxy rat, notice she does not address a thing I say or the details on that link which actually gives videos to demonstrate what the body language EXPERT says.

      They only thing Fiorenzo is expert at is posting one picture of Trumps back out of context to imply he is hitting a woman on the ass which he didn't do, deleting opposing points of view and demeaning the messengers of it, changing the subject and ignoring probing questions, all typical liberal tactics. She is a hypocrite bag of wind, just like all liberals.

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      GalaxyRat 2 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      If that's your opinion, I'm not entitled to change it. Anyway, it's "hear". Not meaning to be rude, just pointing out an error.

      -Galaxy

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      GalaxyRat 2 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Body language does not count. It does not define a person. It may define how they act in that given time, BUT, and hear me out, it does not define that person's future or his actions.

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      TSAD 2 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Grow up? I'm not the one who deletes facts that oppose my opinion. Thank you for not deleting my comment... again.

      Now that wasn't so hard was it?

      Letting people decide for themselves is far better than censorship of differing opinions and indoctrination. I'm glad I got through to you. Your opinion isn't all that matters! My opinion is maybe there is still hope for you.

      By the way, what are your geopolitics credentials besides the claim you " have extensive knowledge in economics, global research, and geopolitics?" Like a degree or something?

      And you didn't answer my question that you are a Never Trumper, though it is obvious you are and a globalist to boot. Afraid to claim responsibility for being a never Trumper?Canada is a good place from which to take underhanded loony shots at our President. Tell me what does geopolitics have to do with a handshake anyway? I suppose you would be opposed to a president who has no hands? Yeah, that is the inference of your "geopolitical" reasoning.

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      Fiorenzo Arcadi 2 months ago from 1592 Bloor Street West

      Tsad you need to grow up. To me, being the best means proving it, so far Tsad you proven nothing. Body language expert, give me a break. In geopolitics, my analysis stands firm.

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      TSAD 2 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Galaxy Rat, welcome to the loony left! Here is the comment I made which "Florenzo" deleted, the deletion I referenced in my last comment.

      "This analysis says more about you (and never Trumper C.J. Kelly) than it does about Trump. Let me guess, you are a Never Trumper.

      I would prefer this analysis by a body language expert (which you obviously are not!)

      http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-handsh...

      and which is accurate and objective and non-partisan."

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      GalaxyRat 2 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      What? A "handshake" does not really change who you are. If Trump's got a soft handshake, then that's him. I'm telling you: the election is over, and you liberals can't go back to Hillary...

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      TSAD 2 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      It figures, when faced with the truth you decide to censor it - pathetic personality flaw, how do you live with yourself?

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      CJ Kelly 2 months ago from Auburn, WA

      Great breakdown and analysis. Thx.