The Trumps are off to visit the U.K. this week, and it only took seconds from the moment Donald and Melania stepped off Air Force One for things to get awkward. Although Donald did manage to take hold of his wife’s hand this time as they walked across the tarmac, Melania very quickly found an excuse to stop the skin-to-skin contact by brushing her hair back.
Trump: ‘Let’s hold hands dear’— Kevin Palmer (@RealKevinPalmer) June 3, 2019
Melania: ‘Get off me you dirty old man!’ pic.twitter.com/SqjHH246JJ
This is far from the first time the First Lady has been seen to express an apparent distaste for her husband.
There have been multiple shots of Melania slapping or shooing his hand away from hers as Donald tries to keep up appearances. Other times she simply keeps her hand awkwardly stiff as her husband tries to poke at it in a clear “hold my hand” signal.
First Lady Melania Trump had another awkward hand-holding moment with husband Donald Trump as they welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte. pic.twitter.com/RyWEhi8uYE— People (@people) April 24, 2018
Maybe the best instance of this hand-holding aversion was in February 2018, when the rejection was so firm it stopped them in their tracks.
You can hear members of the press reacting to the snub at the moment Melania yanks her hand away from his so hard that she ends up accidentally stepping in front of him, resulting in an awkward moment that Donald tries to play off as him responding to the calls of “the memo.”
Melania Trump’s consistent negative reactions to her husband have even inspired a “#FreeMelania” movement, or at least a hashtag, as people can’t help but feel sorry for the First Lady. There has even been some speculation that she has remained married to him against her will, mostly in the form of jokes, but one begins to wonder.
Everyone was wondering what was in the Tiffany box that Melania handed Michelle Obama... We were hoping it was this???????????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/dcoG4Ub2US— Rogelio Garcia Lawyer (@LawyerRogelio) January 22, 2017
Others have rejected this idea, referring to Melania as a collaborator who helped Donald rise to power rather than a hostage.
“Like Ivanka Trump, whose brand and subsequent media narratives have worked to distance her from her father’s repugnant ideologies from racist birtherism to sexual assault, Melania is no innocent,” wrote Stassa Edwards of Jezebel in early 2017. “She’s willing to vocally defend her husband—not only to stand next to him for the sake of political spectacle or personal gain, but to do the obligatory media tours and, like her step-daughter, insist that he respects women.”
Still, it’s fun to see Melania snub and publicly embarrass Donald again and again.
Ah. The old ‘I must adjust my hair so cannot hold your hand’ trick ????— Valerie Jamieson (@valjamieson) June 3, 2019
It’s the most awkward relationship. Wonder how much she’s being paid to be with him?!— Nick Whitcher (@gangleman) June 3, 2019
I keep my hands up just let you know I not on mood pic.twitter.com/G00MugX7vO— Sálick Ipeck (@ArchIpeck) June 3, 2019
Grabbed her by the digits, didn't he..— Rondeco (@rondeco12) June 3, 2019
She needs higher heels.— NH Flyfisher (@nhflyfish) June 3, 2019
She’s just waiting to get out of the White House so she can leave him!!!— Karen (@Karen59602982) June 3, 2019
Who knows where those pussy grabbing hands have been— Anke Koning (@AnkeKoning) June 3, 2019
I guess Melania Bot is back in the shop and they had to get one of her stand-ins for the trip pic.twitter.com/IZmGVkxqC8— Stephen (@thatfunnyjew) June 3, 2019
She needs to start carrying a purse, like the Queen. That would give her a good excuse.— Aguas de março (@aguasdemarco) June 3, 2019
Wonder who he cheated with now.— Virginia Barnett (@Vbarnett323) June 3, 2019
They're both wearing high heels.— I'm Suzi Poppins, y'all! (@SoozleMcDoozle) June 3, 2019
"You paid me to look pretty, not to touch you. That costs extra." pic.twitter.com/Fss16iEQEs— Pseudonymous Entity (@PseudonymousEnt) June 3, 2019
What do you think his hand feels like? McDs Special Sauce?— mickeyfoon (@mickeyfoon) June 3, 2019
He only gets that in months he upgrades to the Platinum Plan.— Wild Bill Kelso (@WildBillKelso3) June 3, 2019
Her body language says it all - she despises the old slug.— Caroline (@C_arolin_e77) June 3, 2019
He’s so desperate to get out of the wind before his combover flips, that she’s struggling to keep up. She’s practically running.— Lanterne Rouge (@IvyStempel) June 3, 2019
She probably couldn’t find the #TinyDinoHands ????♂️— Chris ???????? (@12AngryFerrets) June 3, 2019
Looks like the 'smile and wave' button on Melanias remote control is stuck. ????— EvilEve (@thebroompilot) June 3, 2019
As horrible as Melania may be, let’s just hope she never has to be alone with him.