Hillary Clinton Practiced Resisting Trump Hugs During Debate Prep

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Hillary Clinton's former senior advisor Philippe Reines on Friday tweeted out a video of the former first lady practicing how to avoid hugging President Donald Trump during debate prep in late September, 2016.

Reines tweeted a video of his "favorite moment from debate prep," featuring Hillary Clinton and a Trump stand-in. Clinton was practicing her technique of greeting her opponent before a debate.

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

Soft applause can be heard in the background as Clinton makes her way towards the Trump stand-in, waving to the nonexistent crowd. The fake Trump approached Clinton with his arms wide open, inviting a hug from the former secretary of state.

Clinton resisted the hug with a swift maneuver, shaking pseudo-Trump's right hand and waving her fist before playfully taking off. Trump's stand-in proceeded to chase Clinton, making attempts at hugs and kisses while her aides can be heard laughing in the background.

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

Madeleine Weast

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Madeleine Weast is Assistant Social Media Editor for the Washington Free Beacon. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2014. Prior to joining the Beacon, she was a Communications Fellow at The Charles Koch Institute. Madeleine is from Prairie Village, Kansas and lives in Washington, D.C. Her Twitter handle is @MadeleineWeast.

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