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Melania Trump Really Doesn’t Want to Hold Donald Trump’s Hand

Vogue logo Vogue 4/24/2018 Bridget Read
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FLOTUS has been turning heads today in Washington, D.C., palling around with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, in preparation for the first White House state dinner. The only thing more buzzed about than Melania Trump’s enormous hat was how she really does not want to hold Donald Trump’s hand, as apparent in a video of the president and First Lady welcoming their guests that made its way around the Internet.

It’s at least the third awkward hand-holding moment for Melania and POTUS, after an infamous “hand swat” was caught by cameras on a tarmac in Tel Aviv. Then, in February, Donald Trump tried to reach for his wife again as they were on their way to Ohio, while Melania seemingly protected herself in a long yellow coat draped over her shoulders. Undaunted, he tried yet again this morning in front of the White House, only to be rebuffed, before Melania eventually gave in while visibly grimacing.

Twitter users couldn’t help but notice the excruciating attempts made by Donald Trump with first his index and forefinger, then his pinky, before Melania finally acquiesced to a brief handhold.

It wasn’t even the first time in the same day that Melania Trump kept her distance from the president—earlier, when greeting him from underneath, again, her enormous statement accessory hat, she left about a foot of air between herself and her husband during an air kiss. When saying hello to Brigitte Macron, however, who Trump previously said, unprompted, was in “good shape,” he went right in for the cheek.

At least Trump found favor with Emmanuel Macron, who let him hold his hand when the two departed from the press—no word on whether Macron’s willingness helped convince Trump not to renege on former President Barack Obama’s Iran deal, which is one of his reasons for visiting the White House.


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