A greeting he picked up on the street, or just the latest Trumpshake? In any case, the American president gave the British Queen a very original handshake. Perhaps his punishment so far or was it her majesty that surprised Trump?
At his last meeting with Queen Elizabeth II, Donald Trump had literally gotten in her way. That wouldn’t happen to him a second time. This time he did appear better prepared, as far as the protocol is concerned. Yet the cameras couldn’t help but catch the American president on a new ‘Trumpshake’ on the steps of Buckingham Palace.
Trump does not usually pull the other person’s arm out of the bowl and is not unloaded more than when he decides. But at Her Majesty The Queen, Of course, a certain restraint was more appropriate. And yet the president managed to push her hand completely on his Trumps.
On social media, some soon wondered if that strange greeting – someone called it “a handshake from the ghetto in ten steps” – was within the protocol. These rules also required a bow from the president, which – If she was there – would be carried out extremely subtly.
Another Twitterer then placed the responsibility of the surprising handshake with The Queen himself. He might be right. Touche!
It might not be the only sophisticated message from the 93-year-old British queen. According to ‘royal watchers’ it was also noticeable that Prince Charles, against the protocol, was the first to greet the American presidential couple Donald and Melania Trump. At the visit of Barack and Michelle Obama in 2016, The Queen himself observed those honors. A clear hint that she wants to gradually give her son more royal responsibility? Or a silent hint with a different purpose?