President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un both sought to project a sense of command during their historic summit in Singapore last night.
Body language experts said that in the 13 seconds or so the U.S. president held on to the hand of Kim for the first time, he projected his usual dominance by reaching out first, and patting the North Korean leader’s shoulder.
Trump, however, maintained control over the chat by patting Kim, and using his hand to guide him, who is almost half his age, into the room.
“Donald Trump was talking in conciliatory terms, almost submissive, but his body language was clearly saying ‘I am in charge here’,” Pease said.
“If you didn’t know who these people were, you’d say the big guy was the father and the little guy is the son.”