Paris: French President Emmanuel Macron says his now famous white-knuckle handshake showdown with US counterpart Donald Trump was "a moment of truth" designed to show that he's no pushover.
Macron told a Sunday newspaper in France that "my handshake with him, it wasn't innocent."
"One must show that you won't make small concessions, even symbolic ones, but also not over-publicise things, either," Macron added.
Macron's office confirmed to The Associated Press the veracity of the president's comments in Le Journal du Dimanche.
At their first meeting, ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday, the two men locked hands for so long that knuckles started turning white.
The French leader held the shake for a few seconds more.
Both their jaws seemed to clench.
Published Date: May 28, 2017 18:56 PM | Updated Date: May 28, 2017 18:56 PM