Trump, Putin, and a bunch of world leaders posed in traditional Vietnamese shirts — and the photos are fantastic

US President Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) wore traditional Vietnamese clothing in Danang, Vietnam, leading to some awkward photos.

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US President Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) wore traditional Vietnamese clothing in Danang, Vietnam, leading to some awkward photos.
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After arriving in Vietnam on Friday, President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin donned traditional Vietnamese shirts during a photo-op at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam.

Here are some of the best photos to come out of the opening photo session of the economic summit:


As people filed in for the group photo, Trump and Putin greeted each other with a handshake.

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With their resplendently blue shirts now in full view, the two leaders continued to shake hands and chatted briefly.

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Trump looked somewhat uneasy on stage in his oversized, traditional-style Vietnamese shirt, while Putin looked quite comfortable wearing it over his suit.

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Putin shared a friendly yet somewhat awkward high-five with Peruvian President Pablo Kuczynski.

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Trump was not the first to wear the traditional shirt at an APEC summit — here, former President Barack Obama is seen at a summit in the Philippines with President Benigno Aquino wearing a shirt called a “barong.”

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And here’s President George W. Bush’s appearance at the 2006 APEC summit in Hanoi. He is waving in a Vietnamese “áo gấm” — while, like Trump, also standing next to Putin.

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