Body language can tell you a lot about a person.

President Donald Trump’s unconscious somatic messages are curious.

The hand gestures that accompany his speeches are stilted and boring. Undoubtedly, they are supposed to emphasize the content of his comments. His right hand is predictable: His thumb and index finger are opposed in a circle, his other three fingers extended. His left hand is held, palm facing the audience, at shoulder height.

Trump’s position during a conference at a table is one of self-contentment: He sits with his hands folded against his chest as if he is a smug pooh-bah. It is hardly a welcoming position for others at the meeting.

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Finally, there is the constant need for him to clap. He used to do it at his campaign speeches, starting the process and continuing until he reached the podium and until he was about to begin his speech. At his State of the Union address, this was a persistent element of his delivery. The speech was 80 minutes, undoubtedly dragged out by his incessant clapping.

Just another annoying perspective on our president.

Louis Borgenicht

Salt Lake City

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