UK Prime Minister Theresa May has described the time she and US president Donald Trump held hands as a “moment of assistance”, BBC report.
The leaders were captured on camera as they walked at the White House on Mrs May’s visit in January 2017.
The picture made headlines around the world, with some suggesting it was a sign of their closeness.
Government sources in Washington DC suggested Mr Trump has a fear of stairs or slopes.
Speaking on the BBC’s Test Match Special, Mrs May said: “We were walking along, he said there was a ramp around the corner and it might be difficult walking down it so to take his arm.
“And then when we got to the top of the ramp he took my hand, just for going down the ramp and then that was it … I think it was to assist.”
The prime minister added: “You suddenly see this bank of photographers and then of course it becomes something that the photographers and the journalists and the commentators and everybody pick up. But I think it was genuinely a moment of assistance.”
Asked whether she trusted Mr Trump not to “press the button or be reckless”, Mrs May said the president was surrounded by “very good advisers” who would help him make the right decisions.
“I believe that Donald Trump as American president will take the decisions that are right for security and safety around the world,” she added.
“He has very good advisers around him in some of the individuals he has in key roles of state, defence and so forth. And we will work with them.
“I had a call with him earlier this week, talking exactly about North Korea and what we can do together, particularly at the United Nations … and how we can work with other countries to achieve what we all want, which is for North Korea to stop what is illegal activity.”