Much has been written about Donald Trump’s physical greetings.
Whether it’s a strong handshake or a firm embrace, the president apparently likes to dominate an opening exchange in what has been described as a diplomatic power play.
It is no surprise then that Hillary Clinton wanted to be prepared as possible for when she met Mr Trump at the first televised presidential debate during the campaign.
Philippe Reines, a Democratic strategist who worked with Mrs Clinton’s campaign, posted a short video on Twitter showing the candidate practise the greeting.
Not easy to avoid the unwanted Trump hug, sometimes it even takes practice…
A favorite moment from debate prep (9/24/16): pic.twitter.com/JAAHaqKFoa
— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) May 19, 2017
The video, filmed on September 24, two days before the debate, opens with a voice calling out from the background: “Ladies and gentlemen, the two major party candidates for president: Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Donald J. Trump!”
Mrs Clinton is then seen advancing towards the mock stage before awkwardly avoiding the attempted embrace of the aide portraying Mr Trump.
Mr Reines said they didn’t expect the Republican candidate to try to hug his Democratic rival.
“Going overboard was just to make a point, and have some fun,” Mr Reines told the Washington Post. “But we thought it was very likely he’d try to use his height and size to present an image that you wouldn’t see between, say, President Obama and Governor Romney.
Trump's handshakes: a diplomatic power play
"Any debate team worth its salt … know that very first moment, when the two candidates are physically closer to each other than they will be at any other time over the following 90 minutes, when they first touch gloves, is an important one.”
The latest awkward greeting from Mr Trump to make the headlines was the president’s attempt to hug the then-FBI Director James Comey during a meeting shortly after the inauguration.
"If you look at the video, it’s one person shaking hands and another hugging,” Benjamn Wittes, an associated of Mr Comey, told the New York Times.
Benjamin Wittes says #Comey was disgusted by hug from #Trump. pic.twitter.com/EUjYesGEyG
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) May 19, 2017
Mr Wittes said Mr Comey, who was fired the president earlier this month, was "disgusted" by the gesture.
As president, Mr Trump has drawn much scrutiny for his physical interactions with foreign leaders. An "awkward" handshake with the Japanese leader Shinzo Abe was widely mocked on social media.
The picture of him holding hands with Theresa May was splashed over the front pages of newspapers and seen as a symbol of the "special relationship".
And his apparent refusal to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hand was seen as a indication of strained relations.