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 the moment awkward.
“By far the most awkward husband/wife encounter I’ve evr 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 his anti-Trump tweet, writer Andy Ostroy joked: “Seems the only #Wall @realDonaldTrump‘s built is the one between him and @FLOTUS #Melania #trump.”
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The tweet was un-liked after Twitter caught on, and Melania’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, later told PEOPLE “The First Lady wasn’t aware of any of this until I brought it to her attention. It isn’t her primary account and we have since changed the passwords.”