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Trump managed to fit two cringeworthy handshakes into the first day of his trip abroad

President Trump has been abroad for less than 24 hours and already he's had two notably awkward encounters involving hands.

The first incident on Thursday involved Poland's first lady, Agata Kornhauser-Duda. After Trump shook hands onstage with Polish President Andrzej Duda, he saw the first lady headed his way with her hand extended and naturally assumed she wanted to shake his hand. She didn't.

She sailed right on past Trump and instead greeted first lady Melania Trump, leaving the president standing there with a stunned look on his face:

Kornhauser-Duda apparently later shook Trump's hand.

Later Thursday, Trump was once again confronted with shaking German Chancellor Angela Merkel's hand — and this time he didn't refuse like he did when she visited the White House in May. Instead, the duo opted for an uncomfortably prolonged grip. Merkel seemed to make an attempt at smiling:

And Trump's handshaking on his trip abroad is just getting started: Trump is slated to meet with at least nine leaders during the upcoming Group of 20 summit, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

While you await the president's next cringeworthy handshake, revisit his past encounters with The Week's visual history of Trump's most awkward, tender, and aggressive handshakes.