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

Robyn Ryan
May 22, 2017

A video posted on May 19 by a Democratic strategist, Philippe Reines, shows then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton practicing for a debate with President Trump, in which Clinton attempts to avoid a hug.

Earlier today, we reported on the revelation that former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and Donald Trump's awkward post-election bro-hug was a result of Comey's reticence toward being seen embracing the man he was thought to have helped elect.

Hillary herself also took to Twitter to comment on the video, proving she's got a serious sense of humour. After Trump's win, it was revealed that Reines had the honor of playing him in debate prep, a duty that he took so seriously he stopped taking his meds.

In the video, Clinton is seen playfully eluding the outstretched arms of "Trump", played by Reines, much to the delight of staffers who are heard laughing. Comey's associates told reporters that he tried to avoid directly interacting with Trump months ago, and that he did not appreciate it when the president singled him out and pulled him in for a hug during a gathering.

After all, there's nothing more awkward than an unwanted hug-except, as it turns out, an unwanted hug from your opposition in front of an audience of millions.

Benjamin Wittes, editor-in-chief of Lawfare and a friend of Comey's who provided the Times with details of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's thinking, provided more details in his own recounting of Comey's thoughts on "the hug".

Reines purchased four podiums on Amazon, two for his home and two for the secret office the Clinton campaign lent him at the PerkinsCoie law firm in Washington, D.C. He searched eBay for a 2005 Donald J. Trump signature collection watch, which he purchased for $175. "And Comey has long arms so Comey said he preemptively reached out for a handshake and grabbed the president's hand. If you look at the video, it's one person shaking hands and another hugging". According to ABC, earlier this week, the President tried to give James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director he fired last week some love, and Comey was having none of it.

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