Donald Trump Shares Awkward Three-way Fist Bump With Abe Shinzo and Narendra Modi at G20 Summit

At the start of an important trilateral meeting during the G20 Summit in Osaka, President Donald Trump, Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi got things off to an awkward start.

While the three leaders posed for a photo, someone behind the camera urged them to shake hands for the image. Slightly confused by how three men could shake hands together, Trump led with a fist, which Abe went to grasp. The laughing trio settled on a three-way fist bump.

"You say shake hands, who's going to shake first?" asked Trump as he patted Abe on the back before they sat down for a meeting.

"It's a great honor to be here, and my two very good friends, we've gotten to know each other very well over a short period of time," Trump said, before congratulating both men on their recent election victories.

He added: "We have a lot of things to talk about, it will be very positive. We have a lot of very positive news."

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There are many issues on the agenda between the three countries, but security and trade are priorities. India and Japan are two of the countries with which Trump has opened trade conflicts, hoping to cudgel both into negotiating new deals with better terms for America.

The Trump administration is also concerned about a recent deal between India and Russia that will see Moscow sell more arms to New Delhi. The U.S. has imposed sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Japan is concerned about North Korea and Trump's diplomatic efforts with Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, the nuclear-armed despot in Pyongyang whose regime conducts missile tests in the waters off the Japanese coast.

On the issue of trade, Trump told reporters that "we're going to have some very big things to announce, very big trade deals," regarding India and Japan, with talks set to resume soon, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Prior to the summit, Trump lashed out at Modi on Twitter over the recent imposition of tariffs on American exports, a retaliation for the U.S. stripping India of its preferential trade status earlier in the year.

The president tweeted on Thursday: "I look forward to speaking with Prime Minister Modi about the fact that India, for years having put very high Tariffs against the United States, just recently increased the Tariffs even further. This is unacceptable and the Tariffs must be withdrawn!"

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US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend a meeting during the G20 Osaka Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. Carl Court/Getty Images