President Trump explains long handshakes, says Macron 'loves' holding his hand

President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron have engaged in some epic handshakes known for their intensity and extended duration.

Trump, in a Wednesday interview with the New York Times, offered a bit of an explanation for them.

He said of the French leader, "He's a great guy — smart, strong, loves holding my hand."

Trump continued, "People don't realize, he loves holding my hand — that's good!"

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U.S. President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron before a working lunch ahead of a NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Dejong/Pool
U.S. President Donald Trump greets French President Emmanuel Macron before a lunch ahead of a NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and France's President Emmanuel Macron shake hands before a working lunch ahead of a NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump jokes with French President Emmanuel Macron about their handshakes in front of NATO leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (2ndR) and Belgium King Philippe (L), at the start of the NATO summit at their new headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A combination photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump (L) trying twice to let go of a handshake with France's President Emmanuel Macron (R) as Macron holds tight, before a working lunch ahead of a NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) meets French President Emmanuel Macron before a working lunch ahead of a NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Dejong/Pool
US President Donald Trump (R) talks with French President Emmanuel Macron as they attend the Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the G7, the group of most industrialized economies, plus the European Union, on May 26, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. The leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the US and Italy will be joined by representatives of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well as teams from Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria and Tunisia during the summit from May 26 to 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) meets French President Emmanuel Macron before a working lunch ahead of a NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Dejong/Pool
US President Donald Trump (L) and US First Lady Melania Trump (C) speak with French President Emmanuel Macron (R) as they arrive for a concert of the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra during the Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the G7, the group of most industrialized economies, plus the European Union, on May 26, 2017 at the ancient Greek Theater in Taormina, Sicily. The leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the US and Italy will be joined by representatives of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well as teams from Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria and Tunisia during the summit from May 26 to 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / PHILIPPE WOJAZER (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump attend the Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the G7, the group of most industrialized economies, plus the European Union, on May 26, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. The leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the US and Italy will be joined by representatives of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well as teams from Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria and Tunisia during the summit from May 26 to 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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The relationship between the two appeared to get off to an awkward start, notes CNN.

Their late-May meeting in Brussels made headlines for the rather aggressive handshake shared by the two. Neither appeared willing to either loosen their grips or pull away first.

Not long after, President Trump announced that he is withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement.

Nonetheless, Macron extended a gracious invitation for Trump to be his guest at the Bastille Day festivities in Paris.

The two attended the parade and afterward shared another uncomfortably long, yet less forceful, handshake. It's estimated to have lasted an astounding 25 seconds.

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@DaniellaMicaela When The Rock gets elected in 2020 it will be all fist bumps with Macron. 👊😂
@DaniellaMicaela What a buffoon! Gives a whole new meaning to "looser" and I'm not taking about Macron or his wife.
@DaniellaMicaela Macron is totally playing his "quién es más macho" thing. Looks like a wrestling match. And Trump… https://t.co/dseg9NZNiI
@DaniellaMicaela He aint right, I tell you. Trump just aint.
@DaniellaMicaela @mathieuvonrohr Jerks.
@DaniellaMicaela There is more going on than what we are being informed about !
@DaniellaMicaela The creep, inappropriate factor kicks in. The Macrons have to be relieved the big orange weenie has finally left.
@DaniellaMicaela Wow... four people to discuss a handshake. You guess must be boooored...
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