President Trump does the 'yank-and-pull' handshake with France's first lady

President Trump drew international headlines last week for a botched handshake attempt with the Polish first lady after misreading that her extended hand was for him, when in fact it was for his wife Melania.

And now less than a week after that awkward moment, Trump has suffered yet another bizarre handshake with another first lady -- this time with the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, Brigitte Marie-Claude Macron.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump were welcomed by their French counterparts on Thursday morning to kick off his second European trip in two weeks. The visit was set in motion by a call Macron made to discuss international relations, during which, he invited the U.S. leader to Bastille Day celebrations on July 14.

SEE ALSO: President Trump left hanging after Polish first lady appears to reject handshake

But when the time came for a photo opportunity between the two couples the Trumps, who have had previous physical interactions abroad dominate headlines, things appeared to start off a little shaky.

President Trump and President Macron shook hands, reinforcing U.S.-France relations on a world stage, following the pair's disagreement over Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, but when Trump reached to shake hands with the French first lady he gave the internet another unusual sight.

Footage of the moment shows Trump pulling his signature "yank and pull" handshake with the French first lady -- only this time, with a clasped hand.

A clip of the moment is going viral, with many Twitter users condemning the president for his handshake with the French first lady.

"What is wrong with him? He needs handshake etiquette classes. That was nearly assault," one user tweeted, while another wrote: "This may be the weirdest one yet. He's mauling her."

See more reactions to the handshake:

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@kylegriffin1 Is it possible his arms are just working on a pulley system and he's really just 3 lab monkeys in a ramshackle man-suit?
@kylegriffin1 Did he pat her on the butt at the end? I think that's what I saw.
@kylegriffin1 Omg that is a grope handshake
@kylegriffin1 Looks like he's trying to pull her arm out of the socket.
@kylegriffin1 #realDonaldTrump WHAT IS SO HARD ABOUT A HANDSHAKE OR A KISS ON THE CHEEK? AWKWARD!!!!!!!!!!! https://t.co/2T7QeAvRFk
@kylegriffin1 That looks painful as hell
@kylegriffin1 "Let it go. Let it go..." https://t.co/HCQcXH3pIz
@kylegriffin1 She looked panicked to free herself from him.
@kylegriffin1 Trump and his cabinet is making the title of Potus a laughing matter.
@kylegriffin1 What is wrong with him? He needs handshake etiquette classes. That was nearly assault.
@kylegriffin1 That is so awkward and creepy!
@kylegriffin1 Painful to watch
@kylegriffin1 This may be the weirdest one yet. He's mauling her.
@kylegriffin1 What the flying f*ck. Seriously. I have never seen such a thing. He looks like he is going to try… https://t.co/HDllKQHKNa
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But it's hardly the first time Trump has made headlines for interactions with other world leaders.

One can't forget when French President Emmanuel Macron described their first encounter as a "moment of truth" following the infamous white-knuckle handshake shared between the two leaders. Or the time Macron appeared to swerve Trump's open hand to hug German Chancellor Angela Merkel instead.

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