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Hillary Clinton Practiced Fleeing Trump's Hug In Her Debate Prep

20 May 2017

Trump allegedly asked former FBI director James Comey to stop an investigation into links between former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Russian Federation, according to a New York Times story based on reports of a memo written by Comey.

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.

In the video, Reines, pretending to be Trump, greets Clinton on stage for a friendly embrace.

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The video, filmed on September 24, 2016, just two days before the first presidential debate, shows Clinton practicing for her meeting with then-candidate Donald Trump, facing off against a staffer standing in for her opponent.

Reines, a Democratic operative who worked on Clinton's 2008 campaign and served as a senior advisor to her at the State Department, was seen as a flawless fit to portray Trump in Clinton's debate prep.

Anyway, it's nice to see Clinton and Reines taking a moment to laugh and enjoy themselves, instead of, say, campaigning in Wisconsin. As he revealed in a tweet on Friday afternoon, that included what to do if Trump tried to give her one of his awkward, jerking, half-handshake hugs.

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Reines, a longtime Clinton aide with a reportedly sharp disposition, really got into the act when it came time to portray then-candidate Trump in debate prep.

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 described really not wanting to go to that meeting, for the same reason he later did not want to go to the private dinner with Trump: the Federal Bureau of Investigation director should be always at arm's length from the President, in his view. It was bad enough there was going to be a handshake.

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. "He's become more famous than me!"

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