Donald Trump is used to being the centre of attention wherever he goes, but it was the first lady who stole the show when she shunned her husband’s awkward attempts at affection.
Once an absentee first lady, Melania Trump embraced her moment in the spotlight Tuesday as she stood alongside French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte on the White House lawns on Tuesday.
But as the cameras bared down on the two couples, the former model appeared to be less than thrilled with her husband’s attempt to hold her hand.
Trump can be seen wrapping his hand around her wrist, painfully attempting to interlock fingers but his wife was not having a bar of it.
Social media users, who had just moments earlier praised the first lady for her stylish belted suit with broad brimmed hat, were quick to point out the awkward exchange.
But just when it seemed the media opportunity couldn’t have gotten any more awkward, the president attempted and failed to land a kiss as on Melania as a result of her sizeable headpiece.
“When your wife won’t even let you fake kiss her for the sake of appearances anymore,” one Twitter user wrote.
“It looks like Melania was much more warm to Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte,” another added.
“The hat is her line of defense to keep him from getting too close to her face,” another added in response to the footage.
The president’s attempts to show the world he loves his wife have often been the subject of ridicule.
In September 2017, Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at Trump for giving his wife a firm handshake at a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Air Force.
Kimmel called it “the most uncomfortable display of affection between any husband and wife this year.”
Mrs Trump was largely absent from Washington during the first six months of the administration, opting to continue living full time at the family’s Trump Tower penthouse in New York City so their now-12-year-old son, Barron, wouldn’t have to change schools in the middle of the year.
She was rarely seen — and even more rarely heard — during those months, even after she finally moved to Washington last June.
But she seems to be trying to change that, even pushing back publicly against her critics.
She recently convened a White House discussion on cyberbullying, an issue she identified as her platform despite her husband’s penchant for belittling and berating his foes on Twitter.