Clinton practiced avoiding Trump's hugsSave
By Ariel Zilber
Former FBI Director James Comey wasn't the only one eager to avoid an embrace from President Donald Trump.
An aide to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton posted a video on Twitter on Friday showing how the former secretary of state practiced ducking a potential hug from Trump before one of their debates this past fall.
Philippe Reines, a political consultant who has been a senior adviser to Clinton since she headed the State Department under President Barack Obama, acted as stand-in for Trump during the candidate's debate preps, reports Daily Mail.
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.
Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the clip is that Clinton shows a side of herself that is contrary to the robotic stiffness with which she is usually associated.
The video begins with one staffer announcing the two candidates as the debate participants.
After Clinton and "Trump" walk on stage, Reines stretches out his arms as if expecting his "opponent" to reciprocate.
But Clinton demurs, instead making do with a firm handshake.
Then Reines tries to get his arms around his boss as she does her best to slither away.