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

Reines released the video, which he called a "favorite moment from debate prep", on Twitter alongside text that read, "Not easy to avoid the unwanted Trump hug, sometimes it even takes practice".

Going into the first debate in the 2016 presidential election, it was unclear how candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would handle their very public, very high-pressure initial greeting at the event.

In the video, Reines, pretending to be Trump, greets Clinton on stage for a friendly embrace. But instead of going for a handshake, the man portraying Trump opens his arms wide, inviting a hug. To avoid as much inevitable awkwardness as possible, Clinton and her team apparently had a foolproof strategy: Practice makes ideal.

In that article, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's friend Benjamin Wittes relayed, "Comey said that as he was walking across the room he was determined that there wasn't going to be a hug".

The hug took place at a White House meeting to which Trump had invited law enforcement leadership to thank them for their role in the inauguration. It apparently made for a pretty uncomfortable moment, which further proves the importance of Clinton's prep tactics.

That's certainly true in Clinton's case, who struggled with low popularity ratings, and was frequently criticized for the tightly controlled nature of her political persona. "Bad enough that he was there; bad enough that there would be a handshake; he emphatically did not want any show of warmth", Wittes wrote. But Trump pulled him into an embrace and Comey didn't reciprocate.

In the video, she is seen avoiding his hug by reaching out and shaking his hand.

The video backs that assertion up. His goal was not a "Saturday Night Live"-style caricature of Trump, so he didn't try to replicate Trump's famous mane".

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