Trump puts personal 'touch' on diplomacy with Macron

Call it the "Art of the Feel."

President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron put their warm bromance on full public display Tuesday, engaging in frequent PDAs at the White House that revealed how friendly they have grown since a tense meeting last spring.

Trump's tenderness Tuesday first revealed itself during an arrival ceremony for Macron, when the powerful pair performed a double cheek kiss — a typical European greeting custom. Moments later, during the ceremony, the two smooched again and carried on a long handshake that clocked in around five seconds.

Later Tuesday, during a brief appearance by the two leaders in front of reporters, the American president gently wiped something — Trump said it was dandruff — off Macron's shoulder.

"We need to make him perfect. He is perfect," Trump said after his delicate dandruff dust-off. Moments earlier, Trump noted the media is "always saying what a great relationship we have."

A look at body language between Trump and Macron:

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French President Emmanuel Macron (L) looks on as U.S. President Donald Trump flicks a bit of dandruff off his jacket during their meeting in the Oval Office following the official arrival ceremony for Macron at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron depart their joint news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron hug during an arrival ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron hold a joint press conference at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 24, 2018. (Photo by ludovic MARIN / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron walk down the colonnade at the White House following the official arrival ceremony for Macron on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands during a joint press conference at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 24, 2018. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)
French President Emmanuel Macron clasps hands with U.S. President Donald Trump at the conclusion of their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
French President Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump at the conclusion of their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump embrace during the official arrival ceremony for Macron on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
WASHINGTON, D.C. - APRIL 24: President Donald Trump wipes something off the jacket of President Emmanuel Macron of France during a meeting April 24, 2018 in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
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"It is not fake news," the president said of his connection with Macron, whose visit made him the first foreign leader to be welcomed at the Trump White House for an official state visit.

Later in the day, the two awkwardly held hands for a prolonged moment as they walked down the West Wing colonnade to their joint press conference at the White House.

And during the press conference, the two shared yet another warm embrace.

As the two men stepped away from their podiums, Macron put his right hand on Trump's back, amiably squeezing and patting his counterpart's right shoulder.

The public affection indicates the two men have come a long way since their encounter last May, on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Brussels, when they engaged in a long, white-knuckled handshake.

Macron made more headlines later that day when he swerved away from Trump and instead hugged German Chancellor Angela Merkel first.

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A military honor guard awaits the start of the official arrival ceremony being held by U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump for French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump stands with French President Emmanuel Macron (L) during the official arrival ceremony for Macron on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron during an arrival ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron attend a welcoming ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron attend a welcoming ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
U.S. President Donald Trump looks at first lady Melania Trump as they host the official arrival ceremony for French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he and first lady Melania Trump preside over the official arrival ceremony for French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and his wife Brigitte Macron (L) on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump chats with French President Emmanuel Macron (L) during the official arrival ceremony for Macron on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron listen to the national anthems during an arrival ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
U.S. President Donald Trump salutes as he and French President Emmanuel Macron (L) review a military honor guard during the official arrival ceremony for Macron on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron gesture during an arrival ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
French President Emmanuel Macron waves as he stands on the Truman Balcony with U.S. President Donald Trump during the official arrival ceremony for the Macrons on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome French President Emmanuel Macron during an arrival ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
First lady Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron attend an arrival ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
French President Emmanuel Macron kisses the hand of U.S. first lady Melania Trump as his wife Brigitte Macron looks on during the official arrival ceremony held for the Macrons by U.S. President Donald Trump (not pictured) on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron walk down the colonnade at the White House following the official arrival ceremony for Macron on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Emmanuel Macron, France's president, center, listens as U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaks at an arrival ceremony during a state visit on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Washington on Monday for a three-day visit heavy on symbolism and substance as Donald Trump hosts the first official state visit of his presidency. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
French first lady Brigitte Macron and French President Emmanuel Macron walk with US President Donald Trump and US first lady Melania Trump upon arrival at Mount Vernon, the estate of the first US President George Washington, in Mount Vernon, Virginia, April 23, 2018. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 23: President Donald J. Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron plant a tree as first lady Melania Trump and Macron's wife Brigitte Macron watch on the South Lawn at the White House on Monday, April 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron ride in a golf cart at Mount Vernon, the estate of the first US President George Washington, in Mount Vernon, Virginia, April 23, 2018. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R): French first lady Brigitte Macron, French President Emmanuel Macron, US President Donald Trump, and US first lady Melania Trump arrive at Mount Vernon, the estate of the first US President George Washington, in Mount Vernon, Virginia, April 23, 2018. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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