Friday, January 12, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4174: Donald Trump Regarding Meeting with Robert Mueller - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

On Wednesday, Donald Trump held a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of a crucial portion of that event - when the President was asked about meeting with Robert Mueller

JOHN ROBERTS (beginning at 6:25): Ah, thank you Mr. President. I also have a question for the Prime Minister, but if I could address the President first. Ah, Sarah brought up the Russia Investigation - Ahum, your legal team, sources have told us believes that in the next few weeks, the Special Council - Robert Mueller will ask for some sort of an interview with you. Your legal team believes it's part of wrapping up his investigation. Are you open to meeting with him, would you be willing to meet with him without condition or would you demand that a strict set of parameters be placed around any encounter between you and the special counsel?

DONALD TRUMP (beginning at 6:57): Well again John, Thah, there has been no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians - or Trump and Russians, No collusion. Ah when I watch you interviewing all the people leaving their committees I mean, the Democrats are all running for office and they're trying to say this that, 

As the President says, "Well again John, Thah (6:58), there has been no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians - or Trump and Russians ..." - he displays a great example of a microexpression which betrays his anxiety and trepidation:

He looks down to his right (a quadrant where gaze is associated with sadness and regret) - as his central forehead contracts and elevates for a split second. This dynamic is somewhat blunted because the President's forehead has been treated with Botox - but it can be easily seen. Watch it at regular speed and again at 1/2 and even 1/4 speed.

The President Continues: ... but the bottom line they all say, 'There's no collusion' - and there is no collusion .

At the very end of this sentence (during 7:17) Donald Trump takes a deep nasal inhalation (sniffing) and then immediately displays a "Loose Tongue Jut" indicative of the thought-emotions of, "I've been bad", "I've been caught" (Navarro).

DONALD TRUMP:  .... And when you talk about interviews - ah - Hillary Clinton had an interview where she wasn't sworn-in, she wasn't given the oath, they didn't take notes, they didn't record, and it was done on the Fourth of July Weekend, ah, that's, perhaps, ridiculous, so a lot of people looked at that as being, ah, a very serious breach - and it really was. But again I'll speak to attorneys - I can only say this - there was absolutely no collusion - everybody knows it - every committee - I've been in office now for eleven months - for eleven months they've had this phony cloud - over this administration - over our government - and it has hurt our government - it does hurt our government - it's a Democrat hoax that was brought up as an excuse for losing an election - that frankly the democrats should have won because they have such a tremendous advantage in the Electoral College. So it was brought up for that reason. But it has been determined that there is no collusion - and by virtually everybody - so we'll see what happens Ω, .

At the very end of this paragraph (during 8:19), just after he says, "... so we'll see what happens ...", Donald Trump first displays a Regret expression.

JOHN ROBERTS: But again, will you, would you be open to a -

DONALD TRUMP: We'll see what happens, I mean, certainly I'll see what happens, but, ah, when they have no collusion, and nobody's found any collusion, ah, at any level, ah, it seems unlikely that you'd even have an interview.

Note how the President crosses his arms tightly with his hands hidden (8:19 - 8:28). From a body language perspective, this transmits the thought-emotions of defensiveness, fear, and close-mindedness.

Additionally, as pointed out in previous posts, this is part of an increasing pattern of behavior correlated with a movement disorder caused by either a Central Nervous System disorder,  Side-effect from a drug, and/or a Psychological condition.

Summary: Donald Trump's nonverbal behavior in this exchange indicates he is knowingly being deceptive with regards to Collusion with Russia.

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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4173: California Mud Slides - Rescue and Surprise 

Body Language Analysis No. 4171: Stephen Miller's Creepiness & Jake Tapper, Volume II 

Body Language Analysis No. 4169: Donald Trump, Kevin McCarthy, and Robert Mueller

Body Language Analysis No. 4167: Gary Oldman, Hugh Jackman, and Compliments

Body Language Analysis No. 4160: Detecting Liars When They're Not Lying

Body Language Analysis No. 4145: Steve Bannon stumping for Roy Moore (and against Mitt Romney) in Alabama

Body Language Analysis No. 4106: Jordan's Queen Rania meets with Rohingya Refugee Children 

Body Language Analysis No. 4077: A Facial Expression Common to Both Bad Actors and Sociopaths 

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