Justin Trudeau forces three-way handshake on Obama

Justin Trudeau forces three-way handshake on Obama

Move over John Key, there's a new master of the awkward three-way handshake: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

At the North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa, Mr Trudeau tried to shake the hands of both US President Barack Obama and his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto at the same time.

Justin Trudeau forces three-way handshake on Obama

Enrique Pena Nieto, Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama (Reuters)

He employed a cross-armed technique which took Mr Nietro by surprise, with the Mexican President offered Mr Trudeau's left hand, rather than right.

Mr Nietro shook it with his right hand anyway, which left him awkwardly placed -- holding up a left hand for Mr Obama, who wanted to shake his right.

Justin Trudeau forces three-way handshake on Obama

Enrique Pena Nieto, Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama (Reuters)

Once it was all over, the trio were all smiles - especially the man who started it all. 

Justin Trudeau forces three-way handshake on Obama

Enrique Pena Nieto, Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama (Reuters)

In 2011, Mr Key infamously found his way into a handshake between All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset, in front of an audience of millions after the final of the Rugby World Cup.

Justin Trudeau forces three-way handshake on Obama

It's not Mr Obama's first awkward handshake -- after locking hands with President Raul Castro in March, the Cuban leader gripped Mr Obama by the arm and held it aloft, the US President's hand flopping meekly in the air.

Justin Trudeau forces three-way handshake on Obama

Barack Obama and Raul Castro (AAP)

Despite his awkward handshaking, Mr Trudeau is proving to be a popular Prime Minister, recently even starring as himself in a Marvel comic.

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