Watch Hillary Clinton Try to Avoid Hugging Trump Stand-In During Debate Prep

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump shakes hands with Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the conclusion of their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead New York U.S

Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines on Friday shared a video of himself nearly violently hugging his boss, showing how Clinton's campaign had prepared the then-presidential candidate for Donald Trump's notoriously forceful handshakes.

Not easy to avoid the unwanted Trump hug, sometimes it even takes practice...

Reines insists it is Clinton in the somewhat blurry video. Reines chases Clinton, jokingly hugging her as she tries to escape.

Soft applause can be heard in the background as Clinton makes her way towards the Trump stand-in, waving to the nonexistent crowd.

Today her former advisor Philippe Reines tweeted some behind-the-scenes footage of a debate prep session.

Reines' tweet and video is a tongue-in-cheek poke at Trump and timed perfectly following reports that Comey also sought to avoid his embrace.

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Such interference wouldn't have happened in George W. Bush's White House, Michael B. Mukasey, who served as attorney general under Bush and also as chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY, said at a panel discussion. "But any debate team worth its salt - and Ron Klain & Karen Dunn are the best in the business - know that very first moment, when the two candidates are physically closer to each other than they will be at any other time over the following 90 minutes, when they first touch gloves, is an important one".

In short, he went all-in for a period of three months, trying to prepare Clinton for any trick Trump might pull in the debate.

Comey was also unsettled by Trump's attempts to establish a personal relationship with him and feared their interactions might jeopardize the investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, according to associates who spoke to the New York Times.

Comey said he "pre-emptively reached out for a handshake and grabbed the president's hand".

That's certainly true in Clinton's case, who struggled with low popularity ratings, and was frequently criticized for the tightly controlled nature of her political persona.

CORRECTION: This story was updated to reflect that the handshake between Trump and Comey occurred in the Blue Room of the White House. "He's become more famous than me!"

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