Trudeau's handshake scrutinized by international media

Canada Politics
Justin Trudeau shaking hands with Queen Elizabeth II during a private audience at Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been getting attention all around the word since his election last month. It’s not innovative foreign policy that’s making international headlines, but rather his good looks and youthful energy.

The day after his election, NBC News posted a story entitled “Meet Justin Trudeau: Canada’s Liberal, Boxing, Strip-Teasing New PM” that featured a shirtless picture of Canada’s new leader. The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah had a segment called “Canada’s Hot New Prime Minister,” but ironically the YouTube clip can’t be viewed from Canada. The UK Daily Mirror asked, “Is Justin Trudeau the sexiest politician in the world?”

Not everyone is a fan, however. On Wednesday the Daily Mail, a British tabloid known for its celebrity-obsessed coverage, suggested Trudeau had greets UK Prime Minister David Cameron with a “patronising” handshake when the two met for a bilateral discussion at 10 Downing St.

Trudeau had used both his hands to envelop Cameron’s right hand, which the tabloid suggested on its website is “politician’s handshake” that shows a lack of sincerity. Yet the paper didn’t miss the opportunity to post video of Trudeau stripping for charity in 2013.

Click here for a look at how Trudeau’s popularity has played out on social media.