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Published on Jul 9, 2018
When Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa recently visited President Donald Trump at the White House, the diminutive visitor turned the tables on Trump by greeting him with a super aggressive handshake, visibly pulling and shaking Trump when the two came together at the East Portico.
One of Trump's most conspicuous social tools has been his signature "dominant" hand clasp, particularly when meeting other world leaders. It seems he clearly uses this strong symbol to establish superiority and control over the other party in a public manner.
How does one respond to this type of power technique when you are the recipient? Well, Trump's "non-response" to Mr. De Sousa, where he basically just went on with his business, without a public show of surprise or shrinking back, was appropriate.
The above video demonstrates this simple social strategy, and an effective way to counter it, when you are on the receiving end.