In nod to Comey story, aide shares video of Clinton avoiding hug


Hillary Clinton 's presidential debate preparation included practicing - unsuccessfully - avoiding getting hugged by a grabby Donald Trump stand-in, a video posted Friday reveals.

Mrs Clinton tries to avoid the hug by trying to initiate a handshake but Mr Reines tries to force a hug upon her as she tries to run away, with Mrs Clinton's staff bursting into laughter.

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"Trump" actually is Philippe Reines, a longtime Clinton aide, and the stage is a actually a conference room at the Doral Arrowwood Hotel in Westchester County, New York. But, hey, at least they had a moment of fun before a devastating loss. But if you've got 20 seconds, and want to watch her desperately try to dodge an excruciatingly awkward hug just the way you might if somebody ambushed you, now's the time to do it.

And, yes, even though that video is super blurry and apparently taken on a 10-year-old Blackberry, Reines confirmed on Twitter that is, indeed, Hillary Clinton. Later in the day, Clinton herself responded with a retweet, saying it made her "burst out laughing". In the story, a Comey associate, Benjamin Wittes, describes Comey's first interaction with Trump, and his desire to maintain distance between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the White House. According to ABC, earlier this week, the President tried to give James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director he fired last week some love, and Comey was having none of it. It was bad enough there was going to be a handshake. In a slight-of-hand trick, Trump pulled him into an embrace before he could do anything. "If you look at the video, it's one person shaking hands and another hugging".