Body language was being closely watched as the Group of 20 leaders exchanged greetings, posed for a “family” photo and sat down for a working lunch.
Trump’s initial handshake with Russian President Vladimir Putin was held out of view of news cameras, but the German Cabinet posted a video snippet on its Facebook page. In it, Putin smiles and points a finger a Trump, and the U.S. president claps him on the shoulder.
As leaders met for a working lunch at the Hamburg summit, Trump had something of a tug-of-war-style handshake with French President Emmanuel Macron, though not as extreme as their talked-about encounter in Brussels two months ago. In May, the two shared a protracted, white-knuckle gripping of hands, and Macron told a French newspaper later that it was no accident – he had intended to signal he wouldn't be pushed around.