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Trump And Putin Shake Hands, Wear Matching Shirts (Photos)

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President Donald Trump shook hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Nov. 10, as the pair wore matching blue silk shirts and posed for photos with other world leaders at the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Although Trump almost always wears a suit and tie or, in more casual situations, a polo shirt, he switched up his usual attire to wear the traditional ao dai shirt, as did the other world leaders in attendance, notes the Daily Mail.

Perhaps one of the quirkier international political traditions, APEC host nations typically provide uniforms for guests, which started in 1993 when former President Bill Clinton gave out matching bomber jackets as a gift to other leaders, and many wore them throughout the event.

Since then, outfits have ranged from raincoats to ponchos to shawls and the tradition is typically observed each year, though Putin and former President Barack Obama did not mandate uniforms in the respective years they hosted, although Obama did joke that he was going to distribute flowered button-ups and grass skirts when the conference came to Hawaii.

Although Trump and Putin briefly chatted while standing next to each other on stage at the Nov. 10 event, White House officials have said the U.S. president has no plans to have extensive talks with the Russian leader.

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"Regarding a Putin meeting, there was never a meeting confirmed, and there will not be one that takes place due to scheduling conflicts on both sides," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Nov. 10, according to CNN. "There is no formal meeting or anything scheduled for them."

She went on to add that because they are "going to be in the same place," they will likely "bump into each other and say hello," but nothing more.

U.S. ​​Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed a similar sentiment on Nov. 9, confirming that they didn't have a sit-down meeting on the books but that "it wouldn't be at all unusual if they ended up with some kind of a pull-aside​," notes the New York Post.

"We have been in contact with [Putin's people], and the view has been if the two leaders are going to meet, is there something sufficiently substantive to talk about that would warrant a formal meeting​," he explained. "And so I would just say there's been no conclusion made on that.​"

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Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters the pair will meet "on the sidelines" and will have time for discussion "one way or another," reports CNN.

Sources: Daily Mail, CNN, New York Post / Featured Image: Kremlin / Embedded Images: EPA via Daily Mail

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