Watch Hillary Clinton Try to Avoid Hugging Trump Stand-In During Debate Prep

Hillary Clinton 's presidential debate preparation included practicing - unsuccessfully - avoiding getting hugged by a grabby Donald Trump stand-in, a video posted Friday reveals.

Reines tries to hug Clinton, avoids the hug by shaking his hand. Philippe Reines wrote on Twitter.

Well, now, thanks to some great behind-the-scenes video, we know that was also on the minds of the Clinton campaign. But, hey, at least they had a moment of fun before a devastating loss. Clinton was practicing her technique of greeting her opponent before a debate. It apparently made for a pretty uncomfortable moment, which further proves the importance of Clinton's prep tactics.

Reines, pretending to be Trump, walks out on stage with his arms wide open in an attempt to hug Clinton.

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After all, there's nothing more awkward than an unwanted hug-except, as it turns out, an unwanted hug from your opposition in front of an audience of millions. Laughter from her staff can be heard in the video.

In response to that disclosure, Trump at the time said, "This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago". Comey's associates told reporters that he tried to avoid directly interacting with Trump months ago, and that he did not appreciate it when the president singled him out and pulled him in for a hug during a gathering.

'Comey was disgusted. He regarded the episode as a physical attempt to show closeness and warmth in a fashion calculated to compromise him before Democrats who already mistrusted him, ' Wittes wrote.

CORRECTION: This story was updated to reflect that the handshake between Trump and Comey occurred in the Blue Room of the White House.

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