Donald Trump’s transition onto the world stage has not always gone smoothly. The US President has only been in office since January, but already a trail of awkward encounters and apparent snubs lies in his wake.

The latest came this week when, during a meet and greet for the G20 summit in Germany, Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda seemed to inadvertently bypass his proferred hand, instead walking over to greet his wife Melania.

Here, we round up Trump’s most socially awkward moments.

1. The Polish brush off

Some have called it a snub. Others are outraged at the idea that First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda deliberately avoided President Trump’s handshake, calling the alleged incident #FakeNews. A few have suggested that she was making a statement.

Make up your own mind..

 2. The Macron swerve

In May, newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron appeared to change his mind about shaking Trump’s hand at the last minute, and swerved to greet German Chancellor Angela Merkel first during a meeting of Nato leaders in Brussels.

Trump grinned widely, as he lowered his hands awkwardly back down to his sides. Macron then proceeds to greet other leaders including the US President, who grabbed his French counterpart’s hand with a strong pumping action.

3. The Melania chronicles

The awkward body language between the US First Lady Melania and her 70-year-old husband has not gone unnoticed.

Their clumsy public encounters include Melania seemingly avoiding holding Trump’s hand, air kissing and viral video clips of her face falling, the second her husband’s back is turned.

Here is one the most recent examples:

 4. The Papal eye roll

Pope Francis didn’t appear overly enthusiastic about a photo opportunity at the Vatican with the US commander-in- chief back in May.

Thepontiff was compared to an ‘angsty teen’ on social media.

 5. The never-ending handshake

Trump is known for his arm-pumping greetings, but this handshake with President Macron in Brussels is perhaps the finest example of a power handshake we’ve ever seen. Neither man seems prepared to relent – but it’s Macron’s refusal to let go that makes this particularly cringeworthy.

 

6. The upper hand

Canadian PM Justin Trudeauobviously had good intelligence when it came to the power and persistence of the President’s handshake. In February, he conquered Trump by taking the upper hand – literally. A power play if ever we saw one.

 

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