But a French official is quoting Trump as telling the victor, President Emmanuel Macron (eh-mahn-yoo-EHL' mah-KROHN'), that he favored him all along.
Trump, on his first overseas trip as US president, on Thursday met with European Council President Donald Tusk and Juncker, before holding a lunch meeting with Macron. After Trump yanked and patted his hand, Abe appeared to roll his eyes.
At their first meeting, ahead of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Thursday (Friday NZ Time), the two men locked hands for so long that knuckles started turning white. Rather than shake hands, Trump just stared off into space like a lost schoolboy.
While Abe looked uncomfortable, the youngest president of France was not ready to succumb to the infamous Trump move - instead gripped him back tightly when they met recently at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Belgium.
Trump's aversion to hand-shaking seemed to lessen over the course of the U.S. presidential campaign.
During the awkward footage, President Trump appears to drag the Frenchman close, while Mr Macron pulls back.
Melania Trump was also on the steps of the embassy to receive the new French president, whose wife, Brigitte, did not attend the working lunch on the sidelines of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.
Trump's handshakes have gained popularity around the world for being longer than expected and depicting his signature tug-shake-tug-some-more move.
The phenomenon that is Donald Trump's handshakes. has returned.
As far as Twitter users are concerned, Macron "won" the handshake in every possible way, from his impossibly tight grip to his rather nonchalant expression.
Macron then proceeds to greet other leaders including Trump, who grabs his French counterpart's hand with a characteristic fiery action.
Needless to say, the businessman-turned-President always attempts to imply that he holds more power.
There are so many Trump handshake stories by now, it's hard to know where to begin.