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Hillary Clinton Practiced Resisting Trump Hugs During Debate Prep

20 May 2017, 12:53 | Amanda Barker

Hillary Clinton Practiced Resisting Trump Hugs During Debate Prep

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Reines proceeds to wrap his arms around Clinton as she attempts to scamper away and laughter fills the room.

You may want to keep your enemies close, but Hillary Clinton practiced to make sure she kept her distance from Donald Trump at last year's debates.

Reines purchased four podiums on Amazon, two for his home and two for the secret office the Clinton campaign lent him at the PerkinsCoie law firm in Washington, D.C. He searched eBay for a 2005 Donald J. Trump signature collection watch, which he purchased for $175.

And as the video from the prep session shows, Clinton was having none of it. Trump then tried to pull him in for a hug.

Reines' tweet appears to be a response to the Times' Comey story.

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But no one can expertly avoid an "unwanted Trump hug" like his political nemesis Hillary Clinton!

The narrative during the debates was that Clinton was the master preparer, endlessly doing mock debates and studying such that she might better school him on national television-and it worked!

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.

Clinton isn't the only one who isn't feeling the Trump hugs. "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. And Comey has long arms so Comey said he pre-emptively reached out for a handshake and grabbed the president's hand. His goal was not a "Saturday Night Live"-style caricature of Trump, so he didn't try to replicate Trump's famous mane".

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