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 / SAUL LOEB
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President Donald Trump should have been ready as he met with India's prime minister, an unabashed hugger.Trump appeared stiff and uncomfortable with the first hug, smiling thinly and patting Modi on the back a couple of times. But it was the same folksy, effusive greeting Modi has used with Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, and a host of foreign dignitaries and celebrities, from former French President Francois Hollande, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Hollywood's Hugh Jackman.As the two gave a joint statement in the White House Rose Garden, Modi wrapped his arms around Trump's midsection. The much shorter Modi, after giving his own remarks, hugged Trump a second time, placing his head close to the president's shoulder in video that quickly spread on social media.Modi offered yet a third, public embrace as he departed the White House, resting his head first near Trump's left shoulder, then near his right. By then Trump appeared to be ready, and welcomed the parting gesture by patting Modi kindly on the back.
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