Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines on Friday shared a video of himself nearly violently hugging his boss, showing how Clinton's campaign had prepared the then-presidential candidate for Donald Trump's notoriously forceful handshakes.
In the world of American politics, high-level operators have a concern you may have never even considered: a hug from Donald Trump.
"Not easy to avoid the unwanted Trump hug, sometimes it even takes practice", tweeted Reines on Friday, accompanied by a video.
He attached a low-quality video of Clinton and him practicing introductions for the debate, where he walked up to her and tried to hug her while she jokingly ran away. "A favorite moment from debate prep (9/24/16)".
Clinton also chimed in on Reines' tweet.
Reines' tweet appears to be a response to the Times' Comey story. Trump then tried to pull him in for a hug. Comey described really not wanting to go to that meeting, for the same reason he later did not want to go to the private dinner with Trump: the Federal Bureau of Investigation director should be always at arm's length from the President, in his view. Bad enough that he was there; bad enough that there would be a handshake; he emphatically did not want any show of warmth. As Clinton gets close, the Trump stand-in opens his arms up wide to embrace her - and she responds by stiff-arming him by extending her hand out for him to shake. In the video, Clinton can be seen dodging an attempt at a hug from "Trump".