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The (awkward) embrace seen around the nation between Cramer, Trump gets 'The Tonight Show' treatment

President Donald Trump and Rep. Kevin Cramer share an embrace on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Scheels Arena in Fargo.David Samson / The Forum1 / 2
President Donald Trump and Rep. Kevin Cramers share an embrace on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Scheels Arena in Fargo.David Samson / The Forum2 / 2

NEW YORK—It was the (awkward) embrace seen around the nation.

During President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Fargo Wednesday, June 27, GOP Senate hopeful U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., was called to the stage by the president to say a few words.

Then, after Cramer finished speaking to the red-hatted crowd of supporters, he turned around to walk back towards the president.

And then, it happened.

Trump, with his arms spread wide for what appeared a hugging embrace, quickly readjusted his arms right before embracing Cramer. Meanwhile, Cramer opened his arms wide simultaneously to accept—what he most likely presumed—was a hugging embrace from the president. Forum photographer David Samson captured the awkward moment precisely, frame-by-frame.

The end result was a made-for-late-night-TV moment, and Jimmy Fallon capitalized.

Less than a minute into his Thursday, June 29, monologue for "The Tonight Show," Fallon, in modern-day typical late-night fashion, took aim at Trump and his most-recent gaffe with Cramer.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, the North Dakota Democratic-NPL account also took advantage of the moment.

The tweet, which shows the 21-second clip from Fallon's monologue, reads "Provided without comment."

The race for Senate in North Dakota between Cramer and incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., continues to garner national spotlight as it's anticipated to be one of the tightest races in the 2018 November general election.

Ross Torgerson

Digital Reporter for Forum Communications. Native of Moorhead, Minn. Have a question or story idea? Email me at Follow me on Twitter @RossTorgerson