Trump's Handshake With French President Macron Goes On... And On
Neither would let go.
President Donald Trump's epic farewell handshake seemed to pull the president of France off balance.
The handshake between Trump and Emmanuel Macron, which came as the U.S. president took part in a spectacular Bastille Day parade on Friday, seemed to go on and on.
Eventually, France's first lady joined in. They finally let go after a staggering 28 seconds.
During the parade, the French military's marching band performed an incredible medley of Daft Punk tunes to the world leaders. The French electronic duo's popular songs “Get Lucky,” “One More Time,” “Digital Love,” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” were performed.
The Trumps and their French counterparts also enjoyed a two-hour meal at a restaurant in the Eiffel Tower, where Melania Trump wore a red, white and blue ensemble in a nod to the colors of both nations' flags.
They enjoyed pate; tomato, eggplant and zucchini; Dover sole with hollandaise sauce and spinach; filet of beef, soufflé potato and a truffle sauce. For desert it was a choice of strawberry with yogurt sorbet or hot chocolate soufflé with chocolate ice cream.
While the Trumps looked like they enjoyed themselves, they returned home to more revelations about the 2016 meeting that took place in Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer with links to the Kremlin.
Ivanka's husband, Jared Kusher, and former campaign manager Paul Manafort were at the meeting, but NBC News reports others were also there, including a former Russian intelligence agent, Rinat Akhmetshin.
The 49-year-old became an American citizen in 2009 and is now a lobbyist based in Washington. He is said to still have ties to the Russian government. Akhmetshin called the reports that he still has lines to Russian intelligence “a smear campaign,” accoding to the Associated Press.
Akhmetshin then denied the Associated Press Friday that he was ever an intelligence agent but said he did serve two years in a Soviet military unit that handled counter-intelligence but was never formally trained as a spy.
"At no time have I ever worked for the Russian government or any of its agencies. I was not an intelligence officer. Never," he later told The Washington Post.
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