All eyes had been on U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday when they sat down for their 1st experience-to-experience assembly on the sidelines of the G20 Summit.
The assembly, which had been scheduled to previous thirty minutes, stretched to a lot more than two hrs. Trump reportedly lifted the situation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, nevertheless Putin denied any meddling on Moscow’s component.
The two leaders’ conversation included conversations on “Ukraine, Syria, some bilateral and other troubles,” in accordance to the Associated Press. They also talked about “preventing terrorism and cybersecurity.”
Trump and Putin gave brief community remarks right before their assembly. “We look ahead to a great deal of really good matters happening for Russia, for the United States and for every person concerned,” Trump stated. “And it is an honor to be with you.”
“I am delighted to be ready to meet up with you individually, Mr. President,” Putin stated by way of an interpreter. “And I hope, as you have stated, our assembly will generate good success.”
TIME spoke with Patti Wood, a overall body language qualified, to examine among the lines. Right here are some crucial takeaways:
‘He’s the one particular that is initiating’
The 1st glimpse of Trump and Putin arrived right before their official assembly, when they had been seen shaking palms in a video shared by German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet. Wood noticed something uncommon in that footage.
“If you look at that handshake, Trump does something that is various than numerous other handshakes I’ve seen him do with other globe leaders. He is the one particular that is initiating. His overall body — and entire overall body, basically — methods ahead and leans ahead as he goes to shake palms. And he delivers his hand . . . a lot more palm-up, a lot more in supplication, which once more is uncommon. Usually he delivers it palm down to be on leading. And if you look at his demeanor, he looks to be happy.”
By comparison, Wood stated Trump’s handshake with Merkel on Thursday showed the German leader earning the 1st go.
“She delivers her hand with the palm up in supplication to him and at the identical time she has her head down and tilted to make eye get in touch with with him to say, ‘Hey, we will need to shake palms.’ Which is permitting go of some of her electric power . . . h e’s just standing there, and she has to make the exertion to shake palms with him. And then when he shakes palms with her, it’s really brief. He’s not truly in-the-moment with her. It’s just ‘O.K., this is a photograph op.'”
‘He’s supportive underneath Putin’s arm’
In the identical video, Trump faucets Putin’s arm with his still left hand for the duration of their handshake and later pats his back — a gesture that commonly signifies assistance, Wood stated.
“When you use your still left hand in a handshake, commonly it’s a electric power go, it’s a managing go to say, ‘I encompass you.’ But there are variances in that. There are slight nuances. And in this certain situation, Trump places his still left hand up underneath, which is the supportive cue, up underneath Putin’s arm and faucets it 3 moments.
Now that’s likely to sound odd, but 3 basically has a potent symbolic reference in nonverbal interaction, and commonly it signifies a accurate emotion or a accurate emotion. So you combine all those alongside one another: He’s supportive underneath Putin’s arm, he’s touching it 3 moments in a gentle pat. It signifies, ‘I assistance you, I truly assistance you.’
Now that is also fascinating if you review it to other handshakes where he can take that outside hand and he could possibly grip over the elbow or grip all the way up on leading of the arm or hit — have actual hitting movement — to strike the person to say, ‘I can hit you, suitable here. I can hit you symbolically in front of the globe.’ So the tapping movement and the hitting movement are fairly distinctly various.”
By comparison, Trump’s handshakes with other globe leaders — such as his the latest white-knuckle grip with French President Emmanuel Macron at the NATO Summit — have drawn awareness for getting uncomfortable or intense.
‘His slouch is a small bit a lot more pronounced’
Trump’s behavior for the duration of sit-down remarks with Putin right before their private assembly resembled his stance in other configurations, Wood stated.
” Trump has a conventional seating situation in these situations, where he has his legs unfold apart and he’s carrying out that certain steeple pose with his palms clasped and pointed among his legs,” she stated. “Which is all about manliness.”
But she observed some slight differences on Friday compared to Trump’s prior interactions with leaders, such as his put up-election assembly with previous President Barack Obama in the White Dwelling. For example, she stated, Trump confronted toward Putin for the duration of most of their exchange, and he once more initiated their handshakes.
“Typically, Trump’s legs are slightly further more apart. And that looks like a modest thing, but it’s basically fairly distinctive due to the fact the legs’ breadth apart speaks to a emotion of electric power and manliness and alpha, so in this situation, they’re not fairly as far apart.
The other thing that’s fascinating as you review their demeanors is Trump normally does lean ahead and he has shoulders slightly slouched. But in this situation, I went back and compared this certain assembly with other meetings, and his slouch is a small bit a lot more pronounced.”