With the Democrats still fuming over President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, a body language expert has spoken out about what really went down between the two world leaders. Coincidentally, what she had to say shattered the left’s narrative that Trump has gotten too friendly with Putin.
Judi James, author and body language expert, told Express that President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are not as friendly as Democrats fear. Previous to their meeting in Helsinki, Trump said that getting along with Russia would be a “good thing, not a bad thing,” but according to James, “If the May/Trump summit looked chilly, this Trump/Putin meeting looked buried under a thick layer of permafrost.”
“Both men arrived performing the kind of alpha posturing you normally see in a boxing ring, swaggering with puffed chests and in Trump’s case a mouth clamp plus what was bordering on a scowl to camera as both pulled at their jackets in what is commonly a ‘prepare to fight’ ritual,” said James, according to Newsweek.
“In the room for the photo-call though they looked more like a sullen, divorcing couple at crisis counseling. Putin was especially sphinx-like, returning little of the sparse eye contact he received from Trump and maintaining a poker face even after Trump’s ‘soccer’ flattery was being translated for him,” she added.
“Trump sat in his usual ‘Trump Slump’ pose with his legs splayed and his fingers in ‘downward steeple’ position to register macho dominance but this time his fingertips tapped together throughout which is a sign of impatience,” said James. “Putin adopted a more elegant power pose, sitting upright with one elbow on the arm of the chair but as Trump spoke Putin’s other hands clasped the lower strut of the chair arm as though irritation could have been making him keen to go. He also performed some impatience rituals like scratching up his cuff and finger-fiddling.”
“Trump instigated the handshake at the end and it was performed from their seats with a long distance arm-stretch and no patting or prolonging additions to give any clues away about their feelings,” continued the body language expert. “The two men looked annoyed.”
“When they last met their body language was cool and slightly awkward, but in dramatic fashion Putin leaned right out of his chair to whisper and chat to Trump with a smile on his face once the cameras were finished to signal a more off-screen friendship bond,” she said. “This time the two men sat rigid in their seats with absolutely no eye contact or communication when the lights were turned off.”
“This could be a ploy. It could be about pre-meeting posturing and the men could emerge showing friendship signals suggesting they’d each fought hard before allowing themselves to bond,” James concluded. “However if they do emerge in the same frosty style it could imply it might have been better had this meeting never happened.”
President Trump’s relationship with Russia has been complicated by the media’s accusations of the Communist country meddling in the election which won him his Presidency. Hours before he sat down with Putin on Monday, Trump tweeted, “President Obama thought that Crooked Hillary was going to win the election, so when he was informed by the FBI about Russian Meddling, he said it couldn’t happen, was no big deal, & did NOTHING about it.”
President Obama thought that Crooked Hillary was going to win the election, so when he was informed by the FBI about Russian Meddling, he said it couldn’t happen, was no big deal, & did NOTHING about it. When I won it became a big deal and the Rigged Witch Hunt headed by Strzok!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2018
“When I won it became a big deal and the Rigged Witch Hunt headed by Strzok!” he added. “Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!”
Thanks to these strained relations with Russia, Trump had to perform a delicate diplomatic dance during his trip to Helsinki. He did so brilliantly, and liberals chastised him for it. Had he been brasher and more accusatory of his Russian counterpart, we could be facing World War III right now. Wouldn’t the Democrats just love that, though? Nothing could be better for their Trump-bashing fest than if the president were to get us into a war with Russia. You truly cannot win with these people.