President Trump Leaves Wife Melania Out in the Rain — and More Awkward Moments for the First Couple
YOU CAN'T STAND UNDER MY UMBRELLA
THE FIRST TIME SHE PUBLICLY SWATTED HIS HAND AWAY
The couple's arrival in Israel last May brought a blink-and-you-miss-it awkward moment. The president reached for Melania's hand, but she swiftly and subtly swatted him away. Watch this video and keep your eyes peeled.
AGAIN WITH THE NO-HAND-HOLDING
The next day, even after her hand-swatting in Israel made world headlines, Melania pointedly denied him her hand again. When the two arrived in Rome on May 23 and Trump reached for his wife's hand, she suddenly had a need to use that hand to fix her hair.
A MORE SUBTLE HAND-HOLDING SNUB?
With her yellow coat perhaps strategically placed over her shoulders, the first lady set Twitter on fire once again when a video shared by NBC News showed Trump appearing to unsuccessfully fumble for his wife’s hand as the first couple walked toward their awaiting aircraft in February.
AND YET AGAIN WITH THE (NOT A) HAND HOLD
Another day, another awkward attempt on Trump's part to try and grab Melania's hand. The couple welcomed French President Emmuael Macron and First Lady Brigitte Macron to the White House on Apr. 24, and footage of his latest hand-holding attempt caused a collective cringe. In video shared by MSNBC, Trump is seen reaching his pointer toward his wife's hand and tapping it suggestively. She doesn't move, so he then tries to tap and curl his pinky against her fingers. After several taps, she eventually relents and grabs hold.
THEY SHOOK HANDS ON STAGE
Traditionally, a first lady's warm introduction of her husband at a public event gets her a peck on the cheek. But in what some have called the First Couple's most awkward moment yet, Trump greeted Melania with a pro forma handshake after she introduced him on stage at a Sept. 15 event. He then gave her a little push, motioning for her to go stand off to the side.
HE BARGED ON AHEAD OF HER ON INAUGURATION DAY
HER SMILE VANISHED IN AN INSTANT
In what was perhaps the most viral GIF from the inauguration, Melania went from smiling to grimacing in just a few seconds. On the Capitol steps, Trump looked back at his wife and she responded with a smile. But the moment he turned back around, her smile turned to a pained scowl.
COOL COMPARISON WITH THE OBAMAS
Standing stiffly beside his wife, Trump didn't stand a chance as Obama gallantly kissed Michelle's hand.
SHE MADE THIS FACE WHILE DANCING WITH HIM
It could have just been a bad angle, but that didn't stop the internet from buzzing about Melania's seemingly sour expression on the dancefloor at the Inaugural ball.
SHE ALLEGEDLY 'LIKED' A TWEET SUGGESTING SHE DIDN'T LIKE HIM
It was the "like" heard 'round the world when Melania's personal Twitter account hit the heart button last May on a tweet from writer Andy Ostroy that read: “Seems the only #Wall @realDonaldTrump‘s built is the one between him and @FLOTUS #Melania #trump.” Making the "like" even more newsworthy is the fact that Melania had only ever "liked" one other tweet — one of her own. Melania’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, 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.” As such, the "like" was quickly deleted, but not before Twitter users had it trending.
SHE NUDGED HIM DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
At the White House Easter Egg Roll last year, Trump, Melania and their son Barron joined the Easter Bunny on the balcony for a performance of the national anthem. Barron and Melania dutifully put their right hands over their heart, but it took an elbow from Melania before Trump followed suit.