When Donald Trump publicly held Teresa May's hand, many British observers were dismayed at his invasion of her personal space. A column today in The Telegraph offers a different perspective:
The insider said that Mr Trump is known to have an aversion to slopes or stairs, and said this could have been the reason for the president's decision to grasp the Prime Minister’s hand.
Such a fear is a recognised condition - called bathmophobia...We all know from public statements by his physician that Mr. Trump is in perfect superexcellent health, so his concern about slopes cannot be from cerebellar/motor problems. He may well have a fear of going downhill.
Just as the couple reach the top of the slope, the president stretches out his left arm and grabs at Mrs May’s right hand. They then walk for about five steps before Mr Trump slides his left arm across and pats the underside of Mrs May’s hand, possibly grateful for her steadying presence.
The metaphors come pouring forth...