It looks like Melania really doesn't want to hold Trump's hand again
Melania Trump has again been caught on video appearing to refuse to hold hands with her husband.
The exchange was filmed on Sunday after the couple and their 14-year-old son Barron landed at Joint Base Andrews in Washington, having returned from a weekend in New Jersey.
As the couple and their son exit Air Force One and make their way down the steps, the US president knocks his right hand against his wife’s. Trump momentarily grasps her left hand, which was carrying a handbag, before the first lady quickly pulls it away.
As they continue to make their way down the steps, Trump attempts again to reach out and grab his wife’s hand. But she tosses her hair to one side and appears to continue rejecting his efforts – keeping her hand tight against her dress. Trump gives up and places his right hand on her lower back.
The footage, shared on Twitter by journalist Rex Chapman, sparked a wave of comments with many joking that the first lady couldn’t bear to hold the president’s hand.
But others argued that she was trying to stop the wind from blowing up her dress.
Mr Chapman wrote along with the video: ‘Melania – once again – wanting nothing to do with Trump’s small hands…’
One social media user joked: ‘Melania tryna social distance her way into some divorce papers,’ while another wrote: ‘Nope. She doesn’t want him touching her.’
But another argued: ‘Or she’s trying to keep her dress down from wind. But you keep doing you.’
Another called the comments ‘ridiculous’ writing: ‘She was navigating stairs in heels and a dress. The wind was blowing and she was using one hand to hold the rail and the handbag to keep her skirt from flying up and showing everyone her bloomers.’
It is not the first time footage has emerged of the first lady appearing to bat off the president’s affections.
In 2017, she appeared to swat away the president’s hand after he reached behind to grab it during a visit to Israel.
After allegations emerged that the president had paid porn star Stormy Daniels to stay quiet on an affair, the first lady was seen in April 2018 appearing to ignore his attempts during a state ceremony.
As they were stood on the White House Lawn, Trump extended his little finger gesturing that he wanted to hold his wife’s hand but the first lady kept her hand by her side.
In January of this year, she again abruptly pulled her hand away as they stood on the field at the College Football Championship in New Jersey, before singing the National Anthem.
And just a month later, as they disembarked from Air Force One, Trump tried to reach for her hand again not realising she had it tucked inside her coat.
The first lady’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN on the latest video: ‘This is not news. Don’t waste my time’.
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