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Despite coronavirus, Trump keeps shaking hands

President Donald Trump, a self-described germaphobe, can’t seem to stop shaking hands — even in the midst of this coronavirus pandemicBy AAMER MADHANI Associated PressMarch 13, 2020, 11:05 PM2 min readWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, a self-described germaphobe, can’t seem to stop shaking hands — even in the midst of this coronavirus pandemic. Trump was…

Despite coronavirus, Trump keeps shaking hands

President Donald Trump, a self-described germaphobe, can’t seem to stop shaking hands — even in the midst of this coronavirus pandemic

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AAMER MADHANI Associated Press

March 13, 2020, 11:05 PM

2 min read

WASHINGTON —
President Donald Trump, a self-described germaphobe, can’t seem to stop shaking hands — even in the midst of this coronavirus pandemic.

Trump was surrounded by several retail and health care industry executives on Friday as he announced he was declaring the virus outbreak a national emergency.

One by one, the president invited them to the lectern at the Rose Garden press conference to say a few words. He also shook several of their hands.

Public health officials have told Americans to avoid handshakes, as a key social distancing measure, to try to limit the spread of the virus.

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But Trump, who acknowledges he tried to avoid shaking hands before jumping into politics, now seems to have a hard time not putting his hand out for a greeting.




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Walmart CEO Doug McMillon appeared to be moving away from Trump after saying a few words. But then Trump put out his hand for a handshake and McMillon obliged.

Walgreens President Richard Ashworth and Trump shared a hearty handshake before he walked away. Thomas Moriarty, executive vice president at CVS Health, also gave the president a handshake.

Bruce Greenstein, executive vice president and chief strategy and innovation officer at in-home healthcare services company LHC Group, threw the president for a curve.

He extended his forearm for an elbow bump. Trump initially stuck out his hand but then shifted to accommodate.

“Okay, I like that,” Trump said. “That’s good.”

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