Saturday, July 15, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 3999: Donald Trump Jr., A Russian Lawyer, and Another Person in the Room - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Yesterday, the World learned that at least one additional person attended the 9 June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and Natalia Veselnitskaya. The President's son failed to disclose that Mr. Rinat Akhmetshin was also present. He's a Russian-American lobbyist - as well as a former Soviet counterintelligence officer. He's also is suspected to have continued ties with Russian intelligence.

The video above is a segment of Sean Hannity's interview of Donald Trump Jr.'s from earlier this week. Their entire exchange lasted almost 20 minutes, however, a partial nonverbal analysis of a small, but crucial segment is included below.

HANNITY: You said in a tweet, you would fully cooperate with any investigation

TRUMP JR: Of course

HANNITY: Completely

TRUMP JR: hundred percent

HANNITY: Turn over everything that they want - and you feel you already have

TRUMP JR: I b- [stuttering] Yes

HANNITY: Yeah, and you have nothing to hide - you wanna be - that means you'll testify under oath - all of that

TRUMP JR: All of it


Just as Sean Hannity says, "Turn over everything that they want - and you feel you already have", Donald Trump Jr. looks down and to his right. When eye contact diminishes during deception - this is the most common direction of their momentary deviation.

You may have also noticed Donald Trump Jr. blinking with significantly increased frequency and duration. During this particularly long blink, he's also looking straight down (the second most common direction of gaze deviation during deception) - as he says, "Yes".

Immediately after saying, "I b- [stuttering] Yes", Donald Trump Jr. smiles - yet his mouth is asymmetrical (correlative with insincerity) - and of profound importance, he's simultaneously blushing (his blushing is easier to visualize in the dynamic context of the video).

Looking further, you'll also note that Trump Jr. shrugs his shoulders very frequently during this entire interview (indicating very low confidence).

Summary: Donald Trump Jr.'s nonverbal cluster in this short exchange encompasses
Variations of Diminished eye contact including:
  • Blinking with increased frequency and duration
  • Looking Down to his Right
  • Looking Straight Down 
  • Closing his eyes while saying, "Yes"
In addition, he displays:
  • Stuttering
  • Asymmetrical Smiling
  • Blushing while smiling after saying "Yes"
  • Very frequent shoulder shrugging throughout this entire interview
This body language cluster is extensive and is indicative of deception. The act of blushing during a smile - following an eye closure while saying, "yes" - are particularly damning signals.

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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 3998: Donald Trump's "Bait and Switch" Handshake-Hug with Brigette Macron

Body Language Analysis No. 3996: Donald Trump Jr.'s and Natalia Veselnitskaya's meeting

Body Language Analysis No. 3994: Vladimir Putin at G20 - Donald Trump agreed with me

Body Language Analysis No. 3992: Angela Merkel's Eye Roll for Vladimir Putin's Mansplaining

Body Language Analysis No. 3990: Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, The G20, and Default Expressions

Body Language Analysis No. 3978: Keanu Reeves, Chuck Spadina, Sincerity, and Empathy

Body Language Analysis No. 3948: The Manchester Bomber, Nonverbal Communication, Threat Assessment, and Emotional Intelligence

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3924: French Presidential Front-Runner Emmanuel Macron

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3260: Cara Delevingne vs. Emilia Clarke in an "Eyebrow-Off"