Donald Trump shakes the Vietnamese Prime Minister’s hand so hard he leaves a mark

Nguyen Xuan Phuc is meeting with the US President in Washington to discuss 'regional cooperation' 

Thursday 01 June 2017 23:36 BST
Trump shakes Vietnamese PM's hand so hard he leaves an imprint

Donald Trump shook the Prime Minister of Vietnam’s hand so hard he left a mark on his hand.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc is meeting with Mr Trump in Washington to discuss “regional cooperation”. During their meeting the US President shook the Vietnamese leader’s hand with enough force to leave an imprint.

Those in the room were able to witness the mark, as Mr Trump lived up to his reputation of having an unusual handshake style.

“Observed by the naked eye, after shaking hands, the American leader left his "mark" very clearly on the hands of the leader of Vietnam,” journalist, Vũ Hoàng, said.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc is the first leader to visit the Trump White House from Southeast Asia.

Mr Trump is due to travel to Vietnam to attend an Asia-Pacific economic summit in November, which Mr Phuc said would be an opportunity for the US to assert its positive role in the region.

The US currently has a trade deficit of $32 billion (£25 billion) with Vietnam and Mr Phuc is expected to sign a goods and services deal with the US for between $15 and 17 billion (£12 and 13 billion), according to Foreign Policy.

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