Aide posts joking video of Clinton avoiding 'unwanted Trump hug'

In light of Lawfare editor Benjamin Wittes's recollection that former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey-after trying to blend into the curtains-had been "disgusted" by Trump's attempt to hug him at a White House event in January, former Clinton staffer Philippe Reines released a video of Hillary Clinton practicing dodging his advances during debate prep. Pope Francis, take note.

The Hill identifies Reines as the Trump stand-in.

The above video was shared by Philippe Reines, a "long-time Clinton confidant," who also played the role of Trump in debate prep. Interestingly enough, Reines portrayed Trump as grabby prior to the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape.

Nick Merrill, a 2016 campaign spokesman for Hillary Clinton, said he thought the video was "hysterical".

New details emerged this week about President Trump using a hug as a power move meant to make the recipient of the squeeze appear more friendly with him than they actually are.

Comey was also unsettled by Trump's attempts to establish a personal relationship with him and feared their interactions might jeopardize the investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, according to associates who spoke to the New York Times.

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Clinton isn't the only one who isn't feeling the Trump hugs. And Comey has long arms so Comey said he pre-emptively reached out for a handshake and grabbed the president's hand.

Did the Clinton campaign actually think Trump might go for a hug?

Reines tries to hug Clinton, avoids the hug by shaking his hand.

CORRECTION: This story was updated to reflect that the handshake between Trump and Comey occurred in the Blue Room of the White House.

Not easy to avoid the unwanted Trump hug, sometimes it even takes practice... "He's become more famous than me!"

  • Alfonso Moody