French President Emmanuel Macron claimed in a French television interview aired on Wednesday that President Donald Trump wore Hulk Smash Hands throughout his White House visit two weeks ago.
The children’s toy has been popular due to several Marvel Avengers movies, and it appears Mr. Trump is a fan as well.
“It made shaking his hand very awkward, as the toy is, essentially, a giant fist,” said President Macron. “But the strangest part was that Mr. Trump never acknowledged the Hulk gloves. When I finally couldn’t resist and asked him about his hands, he looked at them and smiled and said ‘I don’t understand why people claim I have small hands.’ It was very odd, but even weirder was how accustomed to the gloves his staff seemed to be.”
President Trump has garnered much controversy over his handshakes, and several foreign leaders have admitted that they prepared mentally and physically for Trump’s vigorous, socially inappropriate handshaking.
“With Trump, you never know what he’s going to do,” said Charles Michel, prime minister of Belgium, who met with Trump in the president’s recent Europe trip. “I trained for the moment with my staff, asking them to pretend to be Trump and surprise me with greetings ranging from wild handshakes to American football-esque tackles.”
Some commentators on social media suspect it comes from Mr. Trump’s conspicuous insecurities about the size of his hands. Memes mocking the president’s hands are currently going viral on Twitter and Facebook.
Macron said he was aware of the Internet humor regarding Trump’s hands, and speculated that perhaps Trump is trying a new handshake strategy.
“I must admit I was surprised by the small size of President Trump’s hands every time I shook them during his Euro visit, so perhaps he was trying to compensate the second time around. His hand reminded me of my niece’s hand, and she’s fourteen years old. Frankly, I prefer shaking a Hulk glove, though, because at least that way the sweat stays on him and not me.”
The French interview with President Macron was conducted with French One News Media.
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