Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and US President Barack Obama met in Ottowa this week to take part in the North American Leaders Summit, or casually referred to as the “Three Amigos” summit.
It’s not easy being powerful, especially with a horde of cameras documenting your every move. The “three amigos” found themselves in a very awkward exchange of handshakes in front the of press on Wednesday.
It all seemed normal as the three leaders walked up the the podium, pausing confidently for a few seconds to pose for the cameras.
Then the three leaders waved at the crowed standing in front of the Canadian Parliament building. So far so good.
And then it happened…Prime Minister Trudeau takes his hands off the back of the two men, then attempted to shake hands with President Obama with his right hand, and simultaneously offered his left hand to President Nieto.
Unaccustomed to shaking a backwardly extended left hand, President Nieto had no choice but to do a strange undergrab, resulting in an awkward mesh-mash of twisted arms.
President Nieto and President Obama finished off with a strong handshake before the three laughed it off.
And it didn’t stop there. The rest of the meeting was just as delightfully awkward. According to Gawker:
PM Trudeau joked that chit chat was the order of the day while journalists took photos of the three leaders, who were gathered around a table with others making small talk. Trudeau was talking about an art exhibit
As pool was ushered out a few moments later, Trudeau said: “A little interesting thing, Barack, I noticed on your name tag, they spell honorable with no ‘U’ and on mine, they put the U in ‘honourable.” That’s a reference to the Canadian spellings.
You can watch the full handshake exchange below: