Clinton aide releases debate prep footage

Reines posted the video on Twitter a day after The New York Times reported that then-FBI Director James Comey was uncomfortable receiving an unwanted hug from Trump on January 22 during a White House ceremony.

"Not easy to avoid the unwanted Trump hug, sometimes it even takes practice", Mr Reines said.

Reines proceeds to wrap his arms around Clinton as she attempts to scamper away and laughter fills the room. Philippe Reines wrote on Twitter.

And on Friday, Clinton said the video made her laugh out loud when she saw it. But, hey, at least they had a moment of fun before a devastating loss.

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Hillary Clinton rehearsed more than just her talking points ahead of the 2016 presidential debates.

Philippe Reines, a top Clinton campaign aide who played Trump during Clinton's debate prep, posted a clip of a prep session in which Clinton practices greeting Trump on stage.

A 2016 debate-prep video has surfaced showing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton jokingly practicing how to avoid hugs from then-Republican nominee Donald Trump.

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.

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"I think everyone can understand why she was not eager to find herself in his embrace", Clinton's campaign communications chief, Jennifer Palmieri, told CNBC. It was bad enough there was going to be a handshake.

Comey said he "pre-emptively reached out for a handshake and grabbed the president's hand".

Trump's tendency to force hugs upon those he comes into contact with has recent come into the spotlight because of James Comey, the fired FBI Director who reportedly felt uncomfortable at meetings with the President and did not want to appear too close to him.

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