CNN’s Alisyn Camerota has admitted in the past that she “loves a good body language segment.” The press conference between President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron exhibited several public displays of affection that has left many curious about what their body language means.
“You know, when you talk like that, I just want to give you a hug,” CNN’s David Gregory commented as part of the Wednesday morning political panel.
“Now we have to get to the ‘bromance’ B-roll,” Camerota announced. “That’s where we see the president and President Macron. I thought he was going for the lips.”
“So much for the germiphobe,” Gregory quipped, alluding to the claim by Trump that he couldn’t have been involved with prostitutes urinating because he’s afraid of germs.
“I don’t know when they stopped holding hands, but it was a long time,” Camerota followed.
“A little bit a tussle,” co-host Chirs Cuomo said.
“Then there is an arm flung around the president,” Camerota remarked. “And it stays for a long time. There is massaging of the shoulders. John [Avlon], what’s happening here?”
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“I think if we look at the species in the wild, I mean, there is almost an anthropological quality — the alpha male,” Avlon explained of their interactions.
“You’re going a little Marlin Perkins on us,” Cuomo asked, citing a former zoologist and television host of “Wild Kingdom” in the 1960s.
“You are seeing two alpha dogs try to compete with real affection,” said Avlon. “The dandruff moment was so is surreal. Donald Trump can’t help just a little bit of humiliation.”
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“Doesn’t this have is to be seen as a positive? He has had so many problems with fundamental allies,” Cuomo said. “Clearly these guys are getting along well.”
Gregory said that it reminded him of when he sees Cuomo in person. “I do think there was such enthusiasm for Trump to be on the world stage and to be embraced literally and figuratively. It’s a special feeling when you’re president. Is and we’re seeing that play out.”
“Yeah, it’s called cringy,” Camerota shot back.
“Part of it does seem a little superficial,” Gregory said. “But I think that the idea of President Trump on the world stage being embraced, being seen as, you know, the alphas, the president of the United States, someone who is going to dictate a new road forward on America’s security policy, I think that matters that he’s been embraced and been courted by the leader. There is clearly a stronger relationship there than with other European leaders. And I think that perhaps Macron has had some impact.”
Watch the full segment below:
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