President Donald Trump's Aug. 8 press conference at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, is being scrutinized for more than just his alarmist rhetoric about North Korea.
Now, first lady Melania Trump's body language is being scrutinized, too, reports the Daily Express.
With the first lady at his side, the president warned: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States," adding that they will be "met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before," as quoted by the Daily Mail.
His comment was in reaction to a comment by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's response to the latest United Nations sanctions that were imposed on the country on Aug. 5.
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Kim had warned the United States that it would pay "pay dearly" for orchestrating the sanctions.
Trump's "fire and fury" warning didn't seem to faze Kim, who responded that his country was "carefully examining" a plan to strike the U.S. military base at Guam.
Trump's threat to unleash the most powerful attack in history against North Korea overshadowed his other comments, including a statement on the opioid epidemic that is sweeping America.
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All the while, the first lady sat silently at his side. However, her body did have a few things to say, as revealed by renowned body language expert Darren Stanton.
According to the International Speaker's Bureau that represents him, he is "recognized by the media as 'The Human Lie Detector' thanks to his ability to instantly unravel the tics and tells that give away our lies and deceit that we all think we can hide so well."
After examining the first lady during the press conference in question, Stanton offered his opinions.
"Her facial expressions are congruent with someone who is in agreement with what is being said by President Trump," he explained. "At key moments we see subtle head nods which appear to happen unconsciously. This means her behavior is consistent with what she is hearing and processing."
Stanton has been decoding the Trumps a lot lately. "Over the past year I have written extensively about the Trump family and have become familiar with their behavior," he said. "But Melania's behavior here is in stark contrast to other situations where it was clear she was displaying defiance. This short clip shows someone who is in agreement and support of a great cause."
When the first lady's official White House portrait was unveiled, Stanton promptly decoded it.
He noted that Melania's arms are in an identical position to a previous portrait of former first lady Laura Bush, wife of George W. Bush.
"Perhaps this is someone she has met and has respect and admiration for as a strong woman," he speculated. "The posture she is adopting would for many body language experts be deemed defensive or a sign of creating a barrier. However, this posture, when attributed to women with the palms of their hands placed on their fore arms, and not tucked in, can be construed as more of a power gesture. She could be asserting her own power saying she is very much her own person."
He added: "It's quite a male dominated stance, which is overall saying she's her own person and wants to be taken seriously. I notice she is also standing square on to the photographer/artist, which is almost as if she's saying 'bring it on.' This again is more of a male dominated power gesture."