Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Hillary Clinton practiced avoiding a hug from Donald Trump


Trump's tendency to force hugs upon those he comes into contact with has recent come into the spotlight because of James Comey, the fired FBI Director who reportedly felt uncomfortable at meetings with the President and did not want to appear too close to him.

Reines said Comey could have done more to avoid Trump's attempted hug in the first place.

"Not easy to avoid the unwanted Trump hug", Reines comments on Twitter.

Clinton reacts by grabbing Reines' hand and then running away. But, hey, at least they had a moment of fun before a devastating loss.

Comey took the long walk across the room determined, he told me, that there was not going to be a hug.

Soft applause can be heard in the background as Clinton makes her way towards the Trump stand-in, waving to the nonexistent crowd.

The Frankenstein-like approach to a hug seems eerily accurate, though "Trump's" chasing after Clinton after being awkwardly denied was probably hyperbole. In a slight-of-hand trick, Trump pulled him into an embrace before he could do anything. Wittes related two instances he said Comey described to him when Trump attempted "personally to compromise him or implicate him with either shows of closeness or actual chumminess with the President".

At the beginning of the the second presidential debate, held October 9 at Washington University in St. Louis, Clinton and Trump neither hugged nor shook hands. It was bad enough there was going to be a handshake.

CORRECTION: This story was updated to reflect that the handshake between Trump and Comey occurred in the Blue Room of the White House. Trump joked that Comey has "become more famous than me".

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