Donald Trump has turned up for the G20 Summit as the President of the United States. At the event, leaders from the 19 fastest-growing economies and the European Union will meet to discuss important financial and economic issues. As the President turned up for a photocall with the rest of the world leaders, his interaction with them suggested he considered himself to be the star of the group. After Donald ignored Angela Merkel’s offer to shake hands when they first met, the Chancellor of Germany looked as if she wanted to get away from Donald, body language expert, Judi James, revealed.
At the event, Donald and Angela appeared sitting together in front of the press and their interaction showed they both appeared to have a desire to leave.
Judi told Express.co.uk: “This brief press pose looks awkward and uneasy, with Trump in signature knee-splay and downward steepling of the hands pose while Merkel sits towards the edge of her seat as though keen to get away.
“After ignoring her invitation for a handshake at their first meeting, Trump does instigate the shake here.
“Merkel appears to touch his hand gingerly with her eyes on the hands rather than his eyes at the start, although she follows up with some eye contact and a brief eyebrow shrug gesture.”
After this, Angela seemed to show her desire to remove any traces of her interactions with the US President showing tension between them.
“When the shake is over Merkel even seems to rub both her hands quickly on her knees as though keen to rid her palms of any traces of the touch,” Judi added.
At the G20 Summit, all the political leaders met for a photocall, and Donald’s body language revealed he believed himself to be the most important person at the event as he walked in with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin.
Judi explained: “The photocall of World leaders becomes a ritualised power dance, with power-patting outbreaks rife to suggest superior status or even physical presence.
“Trump and Putin stroll in slowly once the other leaders are in situ, making them look like the star turn in terms of pecking order. Trump also appears to be chewing or sucking a sweet. “
As Donald greets other leaders, they looked to be competing to be on top.
“The shake he offers to the Crown Prince is a dig-down shake of physical strength and the Prince quickly performs two sharp hand-pats on the back of Trump’s proffered hand in what looks like a reciprocal or even competitive gesture,” Judi told Express.co.uk.
“He who pats last often wins these odd power skirmishes though and there’s a lengthy pause before Trump appears to get the last one in on the Crown Prince’s back.”
When he met with Emmanuel Macron, Donald appeared to act more mature as the French President tried to show their close friendship.
Judi said: “Since Macron and Trump got over the power-shake skirmishes of their first meeting Macron appears to adore showing off his ‘special’ relationship with the US president in public as often and as emphatically as possible.
“This ‘My best friend Trump’ body language can often look as though it’s come straight from the playground though, and this whispering routine is no exception.
“As any schoolchild will know, whispering in front of other people is seen as rude as it alienates the people around and even suggests to the weaker ones in the group that it’s them being whispered about.”
However, Donald appears to be more mature in this situation and not react to the comments.
“If anything this seems to be Trump’s moment to act like the more grown-up world leader here as, although he leans politely to listen, his facial expression doesn’t change to suggest he’s hearing a shared secret joke or insult about someone else,” Judi added.
During the trip to Japan, Donald has been accompanied by his daughter, Ivanka Trump, 37.
In her role of political advisor, Ivanka was spotted wearing a tan coat dress and white heels as she left the White House to travel to Japan.
As part of the G20 Summit, Ivanka is also set to meet with some of the important world leaders.
Donald met with Ivanka earlier this week as he had a meeting with many of his political advisors at the White House.
Ivanka showed up for the meeting in a classy white and black fitted dress.