A BODY language expert analysing Donald Trump and Jeremy Hunt’s greeting today said they were like “two equals doing business”.
The Foreign Secretary met President Trump this morning as he touched down in the UK for the first day of his three-day state visit to Britain.
Tory leadership contender Hunt, who was a successful entrepreneur before entering politics, has already been looked on favourably by the American president.
When asked about Hunt in an interview with The Sun last week, Trump replied: “Yup. Like him.”
Now the president’s fondness for the Foreign Secretary has been clocked in his non-verbal communication today.
Body language expert Judi James analysed the pair’s meeting at Stansted Airport this morning.
She told The Sun Online: “Trump’s greeting ritual with Hunt was interesting given he’d endorsed Boris for PM but Hunt managed to get some signals of non-verbal endorsement from the president which could have boosted his profile.
“Trump moved up close to chat, using the kind of eye contact that suggests genuine interest and even collusion.
“The volley of four pats on Hunt’s bicep did form a power gesture but when Hunt did throw in a second handshake, held high between their chests, he managed to make it appear like two equals talking business for at least a couple of seconds.”
‘MORE LIKE A FUNERAL’
Judi also commented on Trump’s seemingly downcast mood upon arrival in Britain.
She added: “After trash-talking the London mayor and May’s Brexit strategy you’d expect him to arrive in the UK in full, pumped-up peacock mode but instead he and Melania stepped out of Air Force One looking more like a couple that had arrived for a funeral than a state visit.
“Trump’s wary, unsmiling expression was matched by his low, ‘window-wash’ wave, with his hand held under shoulder height rather than raised high in a confident, high-status hail.
“Melania mirrored the look, with her eyes hidden behind huge shades.”
Lip-reading experts also believe Trump said with dismay “It’s very quiet” as he walked down the stairs off his plane.
He also said to Melania “Head up babe” as the pair stepped onto the tarmac.
Before arriving in the UK, Trump called London Mayor Sadiq Khan a “stone cold loser” on Twitter from Air Force One.
The president went on to write: “Kahn (sic) reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job — only half his height.
“In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!”
The US president said he expected his three-day state visit to be “very important” and “very interesting”.
It is certainly predicted to be the most expensive in British history.
The operation to protect Trump and his 1,000-strong entourage is expected to cost taxpayers an estimated £40million in security alone.
Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to demonstrate against the US president and fly the Trump blimp, which depicts the leader as a baby.
Trump will be protected by his motorcade – headed up by his £1.2million ‘Beast’ limo – and helicopters during his visit.
Trump will visit Westminster Abbey and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.
On the second day, he is set to hold talks with Theresa May at Downing Street.
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The pair will attend a business breakfast with senior UK and US business leaders, before they hold their last joint press conference together.
In a sign at how deeply Mr Trump values the honour of his state visit and being hosted by the Queen, he is bringing all four of his grown-up children and their spouses to share the experience.
And he wants Ivanka, Tiffany, Eric and Donald Jnr to hold a “next generation” meeting with Princes William and Harry.
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