Well, that was weird.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump shared an awkward moment on Monday before boarding Marine One.
A clip, captured by NBC News, shows Melania wearing a long yellow jacket over her shoulders, with arms and hands inside the coat, not inside the sleeves. As the two round the corner, Trump can be seen attempting to grab Melania’s right hand, and failing. Reporters fire off questions and Trump suddenly stops, catching Melania off guard.
After a few awkward moments, Trump motions to the press and the two continue to the helicopter. Trump then briefly places his arm on Melania’s shoulder before the two board the aircraft.
Photos from the moment clearly show Trump going for Melania’s hand.
People were quick to point out the moment on Twitter, and some suggested Melania was dodging his hand, something she has done in the past.
Not when her purpose is to keep her hands hidden in case Trump wants to hold one of them for show.
— laurie crocker (@CrockerLaurie) February 5, 2018
It is very clear Melania prefer her handbag in the hand next to him. At a state visit where they had picked it up she got a bouqet of flowers and sure enough it went in the hand next to him
— AWestbom (@AWestbom) February 5, 2018
I always wondered why Melania wore her coat in such a stupid manner. I’ve never seen any woman consistently wear every coat like that. Now I know why! So Trump can’t ever grab her hand! Ha! Wearing a coat like that seems uncomfortable but look at the alternative. #coatskills
— Christie Chappell 🌊 Proud Resister 🌊 (@OhSweetCinna) February 5, 2018
When the two arrived at the White House after a short trip to Ohio, Trump was again seen attempting to hold Melania’s right hand, which was inside her coat. Again, her arms were not in the sleeves of her jacket. In the photo you can clearly see Melania is also carrying a bag with her right hand.
While this would have been an awkward interaction for any other president, all eyes have been on the couple following allegations that Trump paid former porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 shortly before the election as hush money due to an alleged affair. Following the controversy, Melania canceled her trip with the president to Davos in January. She also arrived at the State of the Union separately from Donald last week, breaking a longstanding tradition.
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