A body language expert analyses Trump’s handshake with Kenya’s President Kenyatta

Uhuru countered Trump's intimidation with a firm upper handshake

He often tends to pull recipients in close, throw in a couple of pats here and there, and take his time finishing up the handshake.

But it was quite a different scenario on Monday when he met Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Oval Office.

A number of Kenyans believed that Trump dominated the handshake with a tighter grip on Mr Kenyatta who countered the intimidation with a firm upper handshake.

However, a body language expert believes that none of the two leaders had an edge over the other adding that Trump met Mr Kenyatta as an equal foe.


"In this handshake, they were all seated, sending a message from Trump that I'm meeting you as my equal and I'm willing to reason with you," James Mbugua, a psychologist and university lecturer, told Business Insider SSA.

He, however, noted that the handshake was unfavourable for both parties in that President Kenyatta is left-handed as opposed to Trump.

"Uhuru Kenyatta is left-handed. So when they sat side-by-side as was the case (on Monday), that could present a challenge," Mr Mbugua said.

The African Nazarene University lecturer also stated that Trump could have been rattled by Mr Kenyatta's presence seeing that he knew much about the Kenyan leader but hadn't met eye to eye.

"Those who've met President Kenyatta know at often times he's very convincing in face to face talks. He has a good background of America, having undertaken his college studies there.

So it appears Trump was rattled by the presence of this guy he has heard so much about but hadn't met one-on-one," Mr Mbugua said.


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