20 May, 2017
After the New York Times reported that former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey tried to avoid being hugged by President Trump at an event in January, Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines, who played Trump during debate prep last fall, tweeted a video of Clinton trying to avoid his attempt at a Trump hug.
The amusing clip was posted by Philippe Reines, a Clinton surrogate who acted as her election rival to prepare for the real shit-show.
An aide to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton posted a video on Twitter on Friday showing how the former secretary of state practiced ducking a potential hug from Trump before one of their debates this past fall.
Back before that first presidential debate in September of 2016 - which seems decades ago - we wondered how awkward the first exchange of pleasantries between Trump and Clinton would be. In it, the team's Trump stand-in moves in for an aggressive, domineering hug, which she tactfully evades, then just flat-out runs away from.
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Reines' tweet appears to be a response to the Times' Comey story.
When Reines goes in for the hug, Clinton reacts with what one might consider an appropriate amount of revulsion, slapping Reines on the hand and trying to dart past him.
Not easy to avoid the unwanted Trump hug, sometimes it even takes practice... It apparently made for a pretty uncomfortable moment, which further proves the importance of Clinton's prep tactics.
At the beginning of the the second presidential debate, held October 9 at Washington University in St. Louis, Clinton and Trump neither hugged nor shook hands. "Bad enough that he was there; bad enough that there would be a handshake; he emphatically did not want any show of warmth", Wittes wrote.