Words – Stephanie Petit
From the editors of People
Since Donald Trump became the President of the United States this year, speculation about his marriage to Melania has been mounting. As well as stories surfacing that they reportedly sleep in separate beds, their awkward public encounters have been the subject of many jokes on the internet.
Another seemingly awkward attempt at a public display of affection between the First Lady and her husband is now under the Twitter microscope.
At a Friday night event held at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, Melania gave a speech introducing her husband. The president thanked her by firmly shaking her hand and motioning for her to sit down by guiding her off the stage with his arm.
Social media users were quick to call it the most awkward exchange between the couple – ever.
‘By far the most awkward husband/wife encounter I’ve ever witnessed was just now when Trump shook Melania’s hand at the podium,’ wrote one Twitter user as video the incident went viral. ‘Hug her, dude!’
Another commented: ‘Nothing says I love you my wife like a firm handshake and false pleasantries.’
This isn’t the first time Twitter has pointed out a questionable PDA exchange between the Trumps. In May, Melania appeared to swat the president’s hand away as he reached for it when they arrived Tel Aviv, Israel.
That moment came not long after the first lady’s verified personal Twitter account liked a tweet about her dramatic change in facial expressions at the January Inauguration when she smiled, then scowled, after the president glanced in her direction.
In a tweet, writer Andy Ostroy joked: ‘Seems the only #Wall @realDonaldTrump‘s built is the one between him and @FLOTUS #Melania #trump.’