Trump grimaces through 'ASEAN handshake' in Manila

The "ASEAN handshake" is a tradition the leader of every Pacific Rim ally is forced to endure — and President Trump made it awkward.

Trump scowled his way through the ice-breaker Monday morning in Manila.

He twisted his right arm over the left, and his left over the right to shake hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang.

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U.S. President Donald Trump smiles with other leaders, including Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and President of the Philippines�Rodrigo Duterte, as they cross their arms for the traditional "ASEAN handshake" in the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. President Donald Trump smiles with other leaders, including Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President of the Philippines�Rodrigo Duterte, Australia's�Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Singapore's�Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, as they cross their arms for the traditional "ASEAN handshake" in the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump registers his surprise as he realizes other leaders, including Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vietnam's Prime Minister�Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President of the Philippines�Rodrigo Duterte and Australia's�Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, are crossing their arms for the traditional "ASEAN handshake" as he participates in the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. President Donald Trump, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte perform the group "ASEAN handshake" in the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte perform the group "ASEAN handshake" in the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump registers his surprise as he realizes other leaders, including Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President of the Philippines�Rodrigo Duterte and Australia's�Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, are crossing their arms for the traditional "ASEAN handshake" as he participates in the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
REFILE - CORRECTING TITLE AND NAME OF VIETNAMESE POLITICIAN U.S. President Donald Trump registers his surprise as he realizes other leaders, including Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vietnam's Prime Minister�Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President of the Philippines�Rodrigo Duterte and Australia's�Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, are crossing their arms for the traditional "ASEAN handshake" as he participates in the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump smiles with other leaders, including Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President of the Philippines�Rodrigo Duterte and Australia's�Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, as they cross their arms for the traditional "ASEAN handshake" in the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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“Give us your brightest smile,” an emcee told the politicians during the opening ceremony of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations conference.

Quang and Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev beamed for the customary handshake, while Duterte offered a mere smirk. The White House pool coined the contorted look spreading across Trump’s face as “an exaggerated grimace.”

He flubbed the first attempt at the kitschy ritual to kick off the annual meetup and then laughed.

Trump is slated to hold formal talks with his Philippine counterpart to cap off his 12-day Asia tour.

He ignored shouted questions on whether he will press Duterte on human rights issues. The Filipino leader has been waging a bloody drug war that has left thousands of people dead due to extrajudicial killings.

The self-proclaimed killer refused to attend sessions with President Barack Obama during the same summit in 2016 after disparaging him as a “son of a bitch.”

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