These Photos Reveal All the Times Melania Trump Didn’t Want to Hold Hands With Donald Trump
Since President Trump has entered the White House, he has been under fire for his politics, his personality, and his personal life — most notably his marriage to Melania Trump. Rumors have circulated that they’re not the closest of couples — in fact, many say they lead separate lives. Take a look at some of these photos that really show Melania looking like she doesn’t want Donald Trump to touch her — even her hand. See how it affects your opinion about the president and his wife and the state of their union.
1. The most recent video
In April 2018, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, visited Washington to attend the first White House state dinner, according to Vogue. Check out this video of Donald and Melania Trump as they welcome their French guests. You can see Trump trying hard to get his wife’s hand — first he tries to get her to give it to him by indicating it with his index and forefinger, then his pinky — and finally Melania acquiescing to a brief handhold. At least Emmanuel Macron let Trump hold his hand when the two departed.
Trump trying to hold Melania’s hand reminds me of Pepé le Pew chasing a bewildered Le Cat. pic.twitter.com/ZlhbtAJDuH
— laney (@misslaneym) April 24, 2018
Next: Kissing air for real
2. Melania’s air kiss with Trump
Melania Trump kept her distance from the president in more ways than one when they met with FLOTUS. As you can see in this video, when she greeted her husband from underneath her enormous hat, she left about a foot of air between them during an air kiss. When Trump greeted Brigitte Macron, however, he went right in for the cheek — and she actually let him.
Trump didn't kiss Melania but didn't have any issue kissing the French First Lady Brigitte Macron. pic.twitter.com/7mIdo7SNg6
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) April 24, 2018
Next: A telling moment in Tel Aviv?
3. The infamous hand swat
When the couple traveled to Tel Aviv in May 2017, another handholding incident occurred — and it went viral on the internet. While they are on the tarmac, as you can see in the video, the president reaches behind him for his Melania’s hand — and she actually looks like she swatted it away. Perhaps she just missed his outstretched hand, but it looks like a swat to us. POTUS, rebuffed, smoothed his tie.
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) May 22, 2017
Next: The tweets
4. The hand swat aftermath
After the Tel Aviv hand swat incident, many took to Twitter to comment. Twitter user James Corden wrote, “Melania is kind of a boss!”, and user Joy Reid commented, “Melania isn’t even pretending. Wow.” Another user, Mat Johnson, wrote, “Why does Melania act like a widow forced to marry the brother-in-law who fatricided her true love.”
Next: This happened the day after the Tel Aviv incident.
5. Melania refused his hand again, right after Tel Aviv
Even after her hand swatting at Tel Aviv made world headlines, Melania snubbed Donald’s attempt to hold hands again the very next day. They arrived in Rome, and as they descended the aircraft, Trump reached out to her. Suddenly, though, it looks like Melania had to use that hand to fix a hair emergency.
Next: This is just painful.
5. Another awkward physical moment
Let’s go back to February 2017, when the first couple was on their way to Ohio. Donald Trump tried to reach for Melania but she wiggled right out of his grasp. You can see in the video that after he tries to grab her hand, Melania deliberately moves herself out of his reach. It’s pretty painful to watch.
WATCH: President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump depart the White House on their way to Ohio pic.twitter.com/unoZ5xyEXN
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 5, 2018
Next: Divided opinions
6. Twitter users disagreed on the Ohio incident
Those who commented on Twitter about the Ohio incident didn’t all agree. One Twitter user wrote, “Look at him move her about like a prop.” Another said, “If you ask me she deserves everything she gets. That’s what happens when you marry for money. How anyone can lay down with this sub-human piece of garbage with not one redeeming quality is beyond me.”
But one Twitter user didn’t like the bashing, writing, “Donald Trump is our President like it or not so show him some respect.” Someone had a quick answer for that, however: “He’s not my President. Good luck with yours!”
Next: Inauguration blues
7. Melania didn’t want to hold hands at the inauguration
You might remember the first time Melania refused to give Trump her hand back in January 2017, on the eve of his inauguration. You can see in this photo that her hand wasn’t the only thing she didn’t want to give to her husband. Donald looks like he wants to go in for a real kiss, but Melania disses him with an air kiss that’s barely there.
a very short story about two people holding hands pic.twitter.com/m2i7pn5a6d
— Tasneem N (@TasneemN) January 19, 2017
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