Justin versus The handshake
Justin Trudeau's handshake with Donald Trump the 'biggest display of dominance in the history of Canada'
Adam Boult,The Telegraph Tue 14 Feb
No longer are diplomatic power struggles between nations played out in intense negotiations and high stakes summits. Instead, it's all in the handshake.
Donald Trump had left Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, reeling after a 19 second handshake last week in the White House.
Before that, the US president had grasped Theresa May's hand in an act that was splashed across the front pages as a sign of the "special relationship".
So when Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, became the third world leader to visit the White House on Monday, all eyes were on the all-important shaking of the hands as they met outside.
"Quite amazing," wrote one Twitter user. "Look at the battle going on in that handshake as Trudeau resists the Trump 'grip and yank'. To the gym world leaders!"
According to some students of body-language, Mr Trudeau appeared to deliberately "cut off Trump's leverage" to deter any strong-arming one-upmanship.
"Notice how Trudeau does the 'alpha shoulder grab' before Trump can do the 'alpha rip his arm off' handshake," one noted on Twitter.