Politics

Melania Trump Slaps Away The President's Hand In Israel (Video)

| by Michael Howard

A video clip has surfaced online showing an awkward exchange between President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, moments after they arrived in Israel (see below).

The Trumps landed in Tel Aviv on the morning of May 22, receiving a warm welcome from the Israeli government. As they walked along the red carpet that had been rolled out over the tarmac, Mr. Trump can be seen reaching out to his wife to hold her hand.

Mrs. Trump appears to ignore the gesture for a second or two before swatting her husband's hand away with a quick movement of her hand. The president then drops his hand back to his side and they continue walking.

One of the first people to note the odd moment was Niraj Warikoo of the Detroit Free Press, who uploaded the clip to Twitter.

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"It appears First Lady Melania Trump slaps away Pres. Trump's hand as he reaches to hold it while on tarmac in Israel," Warikoo wrote.

A similar incident occurred during Trump's inauguration ceremony in January, leading some to speculate that there is a lack of affection between the president and his wife. Body language expert Patti Wood pointed out that Mrs. Trump seemed to be leaning away from her husband as they danced at the inaugural ball.

"That typically says, 'I don't want to merge with you as my partner,'" Wood told Mic, adding that Mr. Trump was "pulling [Melania] in sexually" during the dance.

Earlier that day, when the Trumps got out of their car to greet the Obamas at the White House, Mr. Trump left his wife behind while he walked up the stairs to shake former President Barack Obama's hand.

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"Not only did he not wait, he went up the stairs and greeted the Obamas," Wood said. "He didn't even look back to see if [Mrs. Trump] was there or help her up the stairs. He does not, as she comes to his side, hold her, greet her, bring her in close. He does a quick glance as if she was anybody and he doesn't touch her."

Israel was the president's second stop on his first overseas trip since taking office. During his visit to Saudi Arabia over the weekend, he delivered a speech that differed in tone and vocabulary from the speeches he gave on the campaign trail. Avoiding the words "radical Islamic terror," Mr. Trump characterized Saudi Arabia as a crucial ally in the fight against extremism.

"Here at this summit we will discuss many interests we share together," he said, according to CNN. "But above all we must be united in pursuing the one goal that transcends every other consideration. That goal is to meet history's great test -- to conquer extremism and vanquish the forces of terrorism."

"This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it," he continued. "This is a battle between good and evil."

Sources: Niraj Warikoo/Twitter, Mic, CNN, YouTube / Photo credit: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos via Wikimedia Commons

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