Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines on Friday shared a video of himself nearly violently hugging his boss, showing how Clinton's campaign had prepared the then-presidential candidate for Donald Trump's notoriously forceful handshakes.
In short, he went all-in for a period of three months, trying to prepare Clinton for any trick Trump might pull in the debate.
Reines, a Democratic operative who worked on Clinton's 2008 campaign and served as a senior advisor to her at the State Department, was seen as a ideal fit to portray Trump in Clinton's debate prep.
Clinton reacts by grabbing Reines' hand and then running away.
Reines' tweet appears to be a response to the Times' Comey story. Clinton was practicing her technique of greeting her opponent before a debate.
The fake Trump approached Clinton with his arms wide open, inviting a hug from the former secretary of state. Bad enough that he was there; bad enough that there would be a handshake; he emphatically did not want any show of warmth. Wittes related two instances he said Comey described to him when Trump attempted "personally to compromise him or implicate him with either shows of closeness or actual chumminess with the President".
In the video, she is seen avoiding his hug by reaching out and shaking his hand.
Former White House officials under both Republican and Democratic administrations took aim May 17 at President Donald Trump's alleged interference with a federal investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election.
It turns out that Hillary Clinton, too, was prepared to avoid a Trump hug. His goal was not a "Saturday Night Live"-style caricature of Trump, so he didn't try to replicate Trump's famous mane".