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Boris Johnson’s body language reveals how the sharp-suited PM is upping his game for Donald Trump

‘Churchillian’ Boris Johnson’s body language reveals how the sharp-suited PM is upping his game for G7 meeting with impressive Donald Trump

  • Mr Johnson used mirroring with Trump to signal that this is the level of politics he feels suits his own profile 
  • He shook off his ‘grinning schoolboy’ look deployed while meeting EU leaders Mr Macron and Mrs Merkel  
  • While cosying up to the US President, the Prime Minister was keen not to appear that he was a push-over 

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Boris Johnson is channeling the spirit of his political hero Winston Churchill as he looks to assert himself on the global stage, according to a body language expert.

Crunch talks on burning international issues are taking place at this weekend’s G7 meeting in Biarritz.

But for Britain’s new Prime Minister, the summit is the first chance to cement crucial friendships with fellow heads of government, including President Donald Trump whom he met yesterday. 

Body language analyst Judi James told MailOnline that Mr Johnson ‘found his stride during his meeting with Trump, upping his game via his mirroring to signal that this is the level of politics he feels suits his own profile the best’. 

Boris Johnson’s eccentricities, like his odd pose of one hand in his pocket and the other on his hip would suggest to Trump that – like the President – he is a man who can speak his mind verbally and non-verbally

Trump employed the finger-point which, despite being a form of non-verbal attack will also suggest play-fighting when he uses it and Boris returned the gesture, laughing, to show he did not intend to be seen as a complete push-over

Trump employed the finger-point which, despite being a form of non-verbal attack will also suggest play-fighting when he uses it and Boris returned the gesture, laughing, to show he did not intend to be seen as a complete push-over

The G7 summit in Biarritz is Mr Johnson's first chance to cement crucial friendships with fellow heads of government, including President Donald Trump whom he met yesterday

The G7 summit in Biarritz is Mr Johnson’s first chance to cement crucial friendships with fellow heads of government, including President Donald Trump whom he met yesterday

After shaking off his ‘grinning schoolboy’ look deployed while meeting Mr Macron and Mrs Merkel – which Ms James claims was ‘at odds’ body language – the Prime Minister’s actions and attire suggested he was impressed by the US President.  

She said: ‘His suit looked sharper, his chest was puffed with pride and his hands balled into fists of effort as he followed Trump down the staircase. 

‘His lip-clamped smile suggested he was seriously impressed by Trump and even keen to be seen as tucked under the Trump wing in terms of power-grouping.’ 

Mr Johnson’s well-known eccentricities, such as his characteristic hand-waving and use of long Latin-derived words, would be picked up by the President.

'His suit looked sharper, his chest was puffed with pride and his hands balled into fists of effort as he followed Trump down the staircase,' body language expert Judi James writes

‘His suit looked sharper, his chest was puffed with pride and his hands balled into fists of effort as he followed Trump down the staircase,’ body language expert Judi James writes

The UK Prime Minister and US President were pictured together, speaking alone, at the summit last night. The body language between the pair during discussions in the gardens last night did signal a trait of deeper and more serious discussions

The UK Prime Minister and US President were pictured together, speaking alone, at the summit last night. The body language between the pair during discussions in the gardens last night did signal a trait of deeper and more serious discussions

Boris Johnson and Donald Trump hold bilateral talks at the G7 summit, with the British Prime Minister keen to establish himself on the world stage

Boris Johnson and Donald Trump hold bilateral talks at the G7 summit, with the British Prime Minister keen to establish himself on the world stage

Ms James said: ‘His eccentricities, like the dramatic point at the foot of the stairs and his odd pose of one hand in his pocket and the other on his hip would suggest to Trump that – like the President – he is a man who can speak his mind verbally and non-verbally.

‘Although the body language between the pair during discussions in the gardens last night did signal a trait of deeper and more serious discussions too, whereas Boris’s “chat” with Merkel was made to look more like amused small-talk.

‘These men are both TV and media stars and over the breakfast table Boris’s clamped smile and jutting jaw showed that touch of Churchill mimicry that suggested he was upping his game for Trump. 

‘Trump employed the finger-point which, despite being a form of non-verbal attack will also suggest play-fighting when he uses it and Boris returned the gesture, laughing, to show he did not intend to be seen as a complete push-over.’

Mr Johnson was expected to tell Mr Trump that the NHS would be 'completely off limits' in a post-Brexit trade deal

Mr Johnson was expected to tell Mr Trump that the NHS would be ‘completely off limits’ in a post-Brexit trade deal

It was Mr Johnson's first opportunity since becoming PM in July to address the other leaders of the world's wealthiest nations together in one room

It was Mr Johnson’s first opportunity since becoming PM in July to address the other leaders of the world’s wealthiest nations together in one room

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