Trump's handshakes with world leaders are legendary — here's a roundup of the most awkward ones

President Donald Trump has spent the last 10 months meeting numerous world leaders, and he's (almost) never shied away from greeting them with a handshake — often in over-the-top, awkward ways.

Trump, who reportedly is a huge germaphobe, once called handshakes "barbaric," citing fears that handshakes could transmit the flu and a host of other diseases. But as president, shaking hands is unavoidable, and Trump has developed his own signature approach to it on the international stage.

Here are 12 of the most satisfyingly awkward handshakes Trump has exchanged with world leaders:

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 13: From left to right: Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand Prayuth Chan-Ocha, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc, US President Donald Trump and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte during a joint photo session of the heads of the summit delegations on November 13, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Alexander Miridonov/Kommersant via Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama shakes hands as he meets with Republican President-elect Donald Trump on transition planning in the Oval Office at the White House on November 10, 2016 in Washington,DC. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 10: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose for photographs before bilateral meetings in the Oval Office at the White House February 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump and Abe are expected to discuss many issues, including trade and security ties and will hold a joint press confrence later in the day. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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U.S. President Donald Trump, left, greets Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, as he arrives to the West Wing of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Trudeau, hailed by Joe Biden as one of the last champions of liberalism, heads to Washington for his first meeting with Trump, whose bellicose statements and immigration restrictions reveal a deep gulf between the two leaders. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
US President Donald Trump (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron (R) shake hands ahead of a working lunch, at the US ambassador's residence, on the sidelines of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit, in Brussels, on May 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
(L to R) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron talk ahead a working session on the first day of the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017. Leaders of the world's top economies gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / Patrik STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
BRUSSELS , BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2017: King Philippe of Belgium, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) summit in Brussels (Picture by Christophe Licoppe/Photonews via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (2nd R) shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd L) and his wife Brigitte Macron (L), next to US First Lady Melania Trump, during the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on July 14, 2017. The parade on Paris's Champs-Elysees will commemorate the centenary of the US entering WWI and will feature horses, helicopters, planes and troops. / AFP PHOTO / POOL AND AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (R) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) hug after speaking to the press in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on June 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Polish President's wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda leaves Donald Trump hand on 06 July, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. US President Donald Trump is on his first visit behind the former Iron Curtain. He is expected to focus largely on defence in talks with Baltic, Balkan and central European leaders. (Photo by Krystian Dobuszynski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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