Trump Meets Putin in Vietnam, Shake Hands in Matching Blue APEC Shirts

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin shook hands Friday in Da Nang, Vietnam as participants in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit met for a group photo.

The two presidents stood next to each other and waved at onlookers as shutters snapped.

Like every other world leader in attendance, Trump and Putin continued one of the annual summit’s odder traditions, ditching neckties and dark suits in favor of matching blue silk shirts.

Trump is rarely photographed in anything other than a suit.

Every president and prime minister at the Da Nang event played along, although Putin who was wearing a dress shirt and tie that was visible underneath his traditional ‘ao dai.’

 Trump, like everyone else, went open-neck casual.

Vietnam President Trần Đại Quang’s team chose the garments, a privilege of host countries that dates back at the 1993 APEC summit in Seattle.

A year later Indonesia picked up the idea, asking participants to wear traditional patterned batik shirts.

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