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Hillary Clinton Practiced Resisting Trump Hugs During Debate Prep

Hillary Clinton Practiced Resisting Trump Hugs During Debate Prep

Trump's tendency to force hugs upon those he comes into contact with has recent come into the spotlight because of James Comey, the fired FBI Director who reportedly felt uncomfortable at meetings with the President and did not want to appear too close to him.

Clinton and the aide portraying Trump walk to the middle of the mock-stage, and Clinton extends her hand.

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.

Reines released the footage on Twitter.

Nick Merrill, a 2016 campaign spokesman for Hillary Clinton, said he thought the video was "hysterical".

Not easy to avoid the unwanted Trump hug, sometimes it even takes practice...

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Did the Clinton campaign actually think Trump might go for a hug?

The Frankenstein-like approach to a hug seems eerily accurate, though "Trump's" chasing after Clinton after being awkwardly denied was probably hyperbole.

Comey, who was spectacularly ousted as the Federal Bureau of Investigation director last week, was said to be "disgusted" when Trump tried to hug him in a public display of closeness, according to Comey's friend Benjamin Wittes in a Lawfare blog post.

So if Trump really feels as though Clinton and Obama were breaking the law, why hasn't he asked Jeff Sessions to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate those matters? "Bad enough that he was there; bad enough that there would be a handshake; he emphatically did not want any show of warmth", Wittes wrote. "He's become more famous than me!"

Reines said Comey could have done more to avoid Trump's attempted hug in the first place.

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