A step-by-step guide to utterly botching a simple handshake photo op, by Donald Trump and Angela Merkel

A step-by-step guide to utterly botching a simple handshake photo op, by Donald Trump and Angela MerkelPresident Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are two of the most powerful human beings on the planet. Their influence alone has the potential to topple economies, start and end wars — to alter the very course of our species' existence. Anyway, the two figures met in Hamburg ahead of the G20 summit on July 6 and engaged in one of the worst handshake photo ops I've ever seen. SEE ALSO: 8 executive orders Trump would sign if an aide forwarded him chain letters from my grandmother A handshake photo op works like this: You enter a room and stand in front of a backdrop or whatever. Image: Getty ImagesYou stand normally for a second — not like this. Image: Getty ImagesNo. Image: AFP/Getty ImagesYou look at each other and clasp hands. This is okay I suppose. Image: AFP/Getty ImagesAnd then you just … look generally toward the cameras. No, this is not correct. Image: Getty ImagesYou just have to … no, not this … you just look in the same direction. Image: Getty ImagesHm. No, not quite. Maybe just do neutral expressions, maybe that's easier? Image: Getty ImagesForget it! Who cares. This is good enough, whatever. Image: AFP/Getty ImagesGood lord. WATCH: Doctor Octopus-esque robotic arm attachments will lend you an extra hand or two



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