From women’s rights to the refugee crisis, Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump couldn’t be further apart politically.
But the Liberal Canadian prime minister and Republican US president kept their first meeting at White House amicable, despite a few awkward moments.
Ever since Trump’s bizarre 19-second-long handshake with Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, the world has been analysing his strange, Alpha-male style.
So all eyes were on these two politicians, whose countries share a border but whose governments differ dramatically, as they went in for a handshake.
But Trudeau, a smooth political operator, was Trump’s match — offering subtle resistance by controlling the handshake himself.
On Twitter, one delighted supported chimed: “Trudeau resisting Trump’s weird handshake is the biggest display of dominance in the history of Canada.”
The interaction has spawned hundreds of memes — and here are some of the best…
— CK (@charley_ck14) February 14, 2017
US President Donald Trump opens meeting with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau by claiming entire Canadian Army could fit in the palm of one hand. pic.twitter.com/Kd5rcY3tCF
— Belarus News (Eng.) (@BelarusMiniInfo) February 13, 2017
— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) February 14, 2017
"I can hold at least 17 M&Ms in my hand. How many can you hold in yours?"
— Damon (@damocrat) February 13, 2017
We are all Justin Trudeau pic.twitter.com/vjJlQB8mOf
— Cause We're Canadian (@MadelnCanada) February 13, 2017
— Drew Gibson (@SuppressThis) February 13, 2017
— amyadams (@way2distracted) February 13, 2017