Hands-on diplomacy: Awkward moments on Trump’s foreign trip

From being 'rejected' by the First Lady to 'pushing aside' a world leader at a Nato Summit, here are some of the most awkward moments from Donald Trump's trip.

FILE: Pope Francis (R) exchanges gifts with US President Donald Trump (C) and US First Lady Melania Trump during a private audience at the Vatican on 24 May 2017. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN – There's been a lot of attention on Donald Trump's hands during his first foreign trip as US president.

Trump is visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium.

The White House says the nine-day diplomatic trip seeks to reaffirm America's global leadership, build key relationships with world leaders and deliver a message of unity to America's friends and allies.

Despite this, Trump’s antics seem to have taken the spotlight once again, with some very awkward moments.


Video footage which appears to show First Lady Melania Trump swat the president’s hand away in Israel has gone viral.

While walking down the red carpet after their arrival, Trump reaches out for Melania’s hand, only to be rejected.

When the First Couple landed in Rome a day later to meet with Pope Francis, Trump appeared to be rejected again after Melania moved her hand away.

In Brussels, on Thursday, Trump drew more unwanted attention when he appeared to push aside a world leader at a Nato Summit.

And an intense handshake during a visit with new French President Emmanuel Macron has also gone viral.

With all this attention on his hands during his nine-day trip, a spoof ideo has emerged, which shows an “angry” Pope Francis slapping the US leader's his hand away.

However, Trump and the Pope discussed several issues during his visit to Italy, including the situation in Syria, Libya, and Isis-controlled territory.

After leaving the private meeting with church leader, Trump promised to remember the Pope's words saying, "I won't forget what you said."