Awkward moment EU chief refuses to hold Donald Trump’s hand
They reached a surprise breakthrough that could end America’s trade war with Europe.
But the truce didn’t quite stretch to body language – as EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker refused to hold Donald Trump’s hand last night.
In an awkward moment, the US President extended his arm to the President of the European Commission after a loved-up White House press conference.
Juncker swept around and did not take it, forcing Trump to withdraw.
It’s in sharp contrast to UK Prime Minister Theresa May. She has repeatedly held Donald Trump’s hand, claiming it is to "help in going up steps."
And it comes despite a warm meeting that ended in promises to cut short the escalating trade battle between the US and the EU.
The row began when Trump put tariffs on steel and aluminium, prompting the EU to slap revenge duties on US goods including sweetcorn, bourbon, tobacco, orange juice and baby powder.
Ahead of the summit, Trump blasted the EU for raiding ‘our piggy bank’ and threatened 20% tariffs on EU cars sent to the US – worth £30billion a year.
In the latest Presidential U-turn, however, Trump tweeted: "Great to be back on track with the European Union. This was a big day for free and fair trade!"
The US President added: "We agreed today, first of all, to work together toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods.
"We will also work to reduce barriers and increase trade in services, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, medical products, as well as soybeans."
Juncker said the two sides agreed that as long as they were negotiating on trade, they would hold off on further tariffs – including car duties.
He later claimed was a "major concession" on Trump’s part and that he expected the US president to follow through on it.
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