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Hillary Clinton Practiced Avoiding Trump's Hugs Before Debates

An aide posted a video of the candidate avoiding "unwanted Trump hugs" during debate prep.

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Well, it turns out that Hillary Clinton had a strategy in place for avoiding Trump if he went for a hug during one of the debates.

Not easy to avoid the unwanted Trump hug, sometimes it even takes practice... A favorite moment from debate prep (…

Longtime Clinton aide Philippe Reines posted a video to Twitter on Friday of Clinton avoiding "Trump's" hugs during presidential debate prep.

Reines, who played Trump in Clinton's mock debates, is seen putting his arms out for a hug and then chasing her across the stage when she sidesteps the embrace.

Clinton retweeted the video a few hours later. 👀

I burst out laughing when I saw this video this morning. Hope it brightens your day.

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