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Trump attempts to show his power in highly-anticipated handshake with Kim Jong-un

Tuesday 12/June/2018 - 09:08 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un's historic handshake reveals both leaders desire to get the upper hand، a body language expert revealed، as the Daily Mail said.
The Monday meeting was formal with both leaders stepping onto the red carpet from opposite ends of the stage to greet each other with a highly-anticipated handshake.
Speaking to DailyMail.com، a body language expert broke down the moment the men first appeared on stage، to the firm and tight handshake which she says displayed power on both ends.
Patti Wood، who has studied body language for decades، revealed how people with Western and Asian cultural customs would analyze the meeting differently - saying each would deem their own leaders 'winners' of the first interaction.
Wood began identifying the men's body language the moment they appeared from either side of the stage.
She says the speed the men walked displayed 'equality of power'.
'They both came out from each side of the stage at pretty much the same time and walked toward each other at the same speed، showing equality of power،' the author of Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions، Body Language & Charisma، says.
Then، in typical Trump fashion، he extended his arm first to initiate the handshake.
'He came out strong، put his hand out and stretched it to make himself appear even larger than he is،' Wood says.
She calls the gesture Trump's 'baseline behavior'.
'In business settings، it's typically the less powerful person who initiates the handshake،' Wood says. 'I find it interesting he uses it as a dominant move.'
With one hand meeting the North Korean president's، Trump's left hand then reached up to grab Kim Jong-un's upper arm.
Wood calls it a 'power handshake on the upper arm'.
This is a gesture she has seen before while analyzing presidential debates between the final candidates.
'In a presidential debate، the one who touches the upper outer arm with their left hand in the handshake is typically seen as the winner of the debate before it even starts،' Wood says.
'Our limbic brain would say Trump has already won.'

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