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Clinton aide tweets joking video of her practicing avoiding a hug

Community Admin 17 May 19
Friend: Comey was disgusted by Trump hug
  • Reines stood in as Trump during Clinton debate prep
  • The tweet mocks news about Comey and Trump

Washington (CNN)Philippe Reines, who stood in as Donald Trump during debate preparation for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election, tweeted a video showing him jokingly trying to force a hug on Clinton while they practiced for a debate in September.

Reines, who worked for Clinton when she was secretary of state under President Barack Obama, wrote in the tweet: "Not easy to avoid the unwanted Trump hug, sometimes it even takes practice ... A favorite moment from debate prep (9/24/16)."

He attached a low-quality video of Clinton and him practicing introductions for the debate, where he walked up to her and tried to hug her while she jokingly ran away. Laughter from her staff can be heard in the video.

Reines' tweet comes after Benjamin Wittes, former FBI Director James Comey's friend, recalled to news outlets that Comey told him he was reluctant to accept an invitation to the Oval Office earlier this year because he didn't want even an appearance of a personal relationship with Trump.

At one point during the Oval Office event, Wittes said, Comey stood in a position so that his blue blazer would blend in with the office's blue drapes in an effort for Trump to not notice him. But it didn't work -- Trump called him out by name, leading to a greeting captured on camera.

"Comey took the long walk across the room determined, he told me, that there was not going to be a hug. 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.

But Trump tried to hug him anyway, which Comey avoided, and it resulted in an awkward handshake.