But he wanted to approximate his physicality so that Clinton would grow accustomed to Trump's looming presence when she saw Reines in her peripheral vision.
"Not easy to avoid the unwanted Trump hug", Reines comments on Twitter.
Well, now, thanks to some great behind-the-scenes video, we know that was also on the minds of the Clinton campaign.
When Reines goes in for the hug, Clinton reacts with what one might consider an appropriate amount of revulsion, slapping Reines on the hand and trying to dart past him. In the story, a Comey associate, Benjamin Wittes, describes Comey's first interaction with Trump, and his desire to maintain distance between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the White House.
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In the world of American politics, high-level operators have a concern you may have never even considered: a hug from Donald Trump.
Apparently, James Comey is not the only one who wanted to avoid any awkward hugs with Donald Trump. "Bad enough that he was there; bad enough that there would be a handshake; he emphatically did not want any show of warmth", Wittes wrote.
Clinton resisted the hug with a swift maneuver, shaking pseudo-Trump's right hand and waving her fist before playfully taking off. Trump's stand-in proceeded to chase Clinton, making attempts at hugs and kisses while her aides can be heard laughing in the background.
President Trump shook hands with FBI Director James B. Comey during a law enforcement reception at the White House on January 22.
After Trump's win, it was revealed that Reines had the honor of playing him in debate prep, a duty that he took so seriously he stopped taking his meds. His goal was not a "Saturday Night Live"-style caricature of Trump, so he didn't try to replicate Trump's famous mane".