US President Mr. Donald Trump and  Irish Prime Minister, Mr. Leo Varadkar greet each other with 'Namaste'
US President Mr. Donald Trump and Irish Prime Minister, Mr. Leo Varadkar greet each other with 'Namaste'
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Trump switches to 'namaste' to fight virus

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The US President, Mr. Donald Trump, and the visiting Irish Prime Minister, Mr. Leo Varadkar, greeted each other in the traditional Indian way of 'namaste' at the White House on Thursday, which they said was necessary in the current times of coronavirus.

Mr. Trump and Mr. Varadkar, who is of Indian-origin, joined their palms in the 'namaste' pose when reporters asked them in the Oval Office as to how they greeted each other. ``We did not shake hands today. We looked at each other and said what we are going to do. You know, sort of a weird feeling,' Mr. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.

When another reporter asked if they shook hands, Mr Varadkar joined his hands in the 'namaste' pose, showing the reporters how he greeted the president. Mr. Trump too joined in with the 'namaste' pose.

'I just got back from India. And I did not shake any hands there. And it's very easy, because they go like this,' Mr. Trump said as he showed reporters the pose for the second time in quick succession.

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