First Lady Melania Trump seemingly swatted President Donald Trump"s hand away once again on MondayTwitter users speculated photos which showed her hiding beneath a canary yellow full length overcoatThe speculation comes amid the bombshell report that Trump"s lawyer paid adult film star Stormy...
- First Lady Melania Trump seemingly swatted President Donald Trump’s hand away once again on Monday
- Twitter users speculated photos which showed her hiding beneath a canary yellow full length overcoat
- The speculation comes amid the bombshell report that Trump’s lawyer paid adult film star Stormy Daniels hush money for their affair
- Trump affectionately escorted his Mrs. to and from Marine One, while appearing to make the hand gesture
- The president placed his arm around her as they boarded the helicopter and guided his hand on her back when they returned to the White House in the afternoon
- Mrs. Trump toured the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where she talked to medical professionals about the opioid crisis
- She tweeted Monday that she wanted to learn about the hospital’s ‘efforts in combating the effects opioids are having on our children’
First Lady Melania seemingly swatted President Donald Trump‘s hand once again as the pair put on an overt display of unity and companionship while headed for a day trip to Ohio amid chatter about the status of their marriage.
When both leaving and returning to the White House on Monday, the president played the role of gentleman, affectionately escorting his Mrs. to and from Marine One.
Twitter users speculated whether Melania was as cheery as she put on for cameras – after she was captured hiding her hand beneath an attention-grabbing canary yellow full length overcoat while the president appeared to make a romantic gesture.
‘Melania is totally p****d off at her fake husband,’ one Twitter speculator wrote. ‘In Florida she came down stairs and walked right past him. Now they are in Ohio. He tried to take her hand and she pulled away. Stormy Daniels has blown up the marriage. I hope she sues for divorce.’
Another suggested: ‘I have realized that Melania wears her coats draped over her shoulders because it makes it impossible for Donald to hold her hand.’
Someone else said: ‘Melania simply doesn’t want to hold this man’s hand (who can blame her). It’s clear and obvious and not the first time. She’s trapped!! Poor woman, she knows she can’t leave him, separate or divorce him even if she wants. A person who marries for money usually earns every penny.’
While another wrote: ‘Ha Ha! But for about 5 seconds he had her hand! Then she blocks his move and she gains control again. WooHoo Melania 1 Trump 0.’
One more included: ‘Look at him move about her like a prop.’
Melania’s possible rejection toward her husband comes amid the bombshell report that Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen paid $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who claimed in earlier interviews she had an affair with him.
First Lady Melania appears to be hiding her hand beneath her coat while standing next to President Trump on Monday
Several Twitter users speculated whether she was dodging his attempts to hold her hand once more
The speculation comes amid the bombshell report that Trump’s lawyer paid adult film star Stormy Daniels hush money for their affair
Twitter users shared their thoughts about whether Melania was really as cheery as she put on for cameras on Monday
It’s not the first time the First Lady has sparked controversy by refusing to hold her husband’s hand.
In May last year, the pair landed in Israel and Melania was filmed swatting his hand away as he reached back for hers as they made their way down a red carpet at the airport.
A day later in Rome, rather than take her husband’s hand as he stretched out for hers, the First Lady fixed her hair as they emerged from Air Force One.
In September, after delivering some rare remarks at a US Air Force event First Lady Melania Trump proudly introduced her husband to the stage, no doubt hoping for a congratulatory kiss on the cheek.
Instead, she was confronted with an awkward and stern handshake from the President who told her ‘thank you’ before ushering her off to the side, muttering: ‘You go and sit down now.’
And this month, the tables turned when it was the President who seemingly shunned his wife.
Donald Trump won’t hold his wife Melania’s hand in public because he wants to be seen as a presidential alpha, a body language expert has said.
The president and first lady had an awkward hand-hold Friday on the tarmac of the Palm Beach International Airport. He had just arrived on Air Force One for a visit to his Mar-A-Lago resort.
Trump and Melania were holding hands when he first got off the plane. But the president abruptly let go to clap with the well-wishers who were there to greet him. Melania reached for his hand again, at which point he brought her hand up towards him, gave it two pats – and dropped it once more.
‘Typically a hand-hold shows a couple as a unit,’ body language expert Patti Wood told the DailyMail.com. ‘But to me, I think he’s been saying, “I want to be seen as the president on my own”, which is very much alpha. “I want to be just the powerful me.” And it’s clear that that’s his choice.’
Melania Trump and her husband the President of the United States Donald Trump barely holding hands in Tel Aviv, Israel
The President walks down the red carpet laid out for his arrival in Tel Aviv with his wife the First Lady behind him. They are holding hands (left), but she bats his hand away (right)
The President holds out his hand and offers it to his wife as they get off the Air Force One plane after it lands in Rome, Italy
Melania doesn’t even entertain the thought of holding his hand, and he pats her on the behind instead before they make their way down the stairs
Still, the first lady quietly walked from the White House residence to the Oval Office shortly before the president’s flight was to depart from the South Lawn.
The First Couple emerged jointly to walk toward Marine One for the short flight to Joint Base Andrews.
As the pair walked toward the presidential helicopter, Trump put his arm around Melania and gently escorted her there. She then boarded ahead of him and he turned and waved to the cameras.
Trump didn’t take any of the questions shouted his way, instead opting to smile for the cameras and keep a distance from questioners.
He made a similar display when he disembarked from Marine One after the afternoon trip.
The first couple give each other a look as reporters watch them stroll across the South Lawn after spending the day in Ohio, with the president giving a speech on tax reform and the first lady visiting a children’s hospital
First lady Melania Trump gives President Donald Trump a smile as the two walk through the South Lawn after a day trip to Ohio Monday
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump enter the White House after spending the day visiting with Americans in Ohio
As reporters shouted questions at President Trump, POTUS put his arm on the first lady’s back and escorted her into the White House
An aide followed the president and first lady into the White House with a Louis Vuitton after the couple spent the day away in Ohio
President Trump escorts first lady Melania Trump back inside the White House after the couple took a day trip to Ohio, with the first lady visiting a children’s hospital and talking to medical professionals about opioid treatments
The president and first lady are photographed returning to the White House after a day trip in Ohio amid rumors that they’re having relationship issues
Trump played the role of gentleman as he escorted first lady Melania Trump to and from their helicopter, Marine One
The president didn’t take questions from reporters as he returned to the White House Monday night, though he did affectionately walk Melania Trump into the building
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk to Marine One upon prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 5
As the president and first lady strolled through the South Lawn, Trump waved several times to the group of reporters waiting for him, but answered no questions about the stock market drop.
He then placed his hand on Melania Trump’s back and guided her into the White House.
‘Very much looking forward to visit @CincyChildrens today & learn more about their efforts in combating the effects opioids are having on our children & how we can continue to work towards ending the #OpioidEpidemic,’ Melania Trump tweeted Monday in anticipation of the trip.
The Trumps had returned to Washington together on Sunday evening with their son Barron in tow after a weekend in Palm Beach.
Mrs. Trump has rarely been seen with her husband since allegations surfaced that he had an extramarital affair early on in their marriage with a porn star who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels.
RIGHT THIS WAY: Trump escorted his wife to Marine One
First Lady Melania Trump will accompany her husband to Ohio today in public display of unity intended to quiet chatter about the status of their marriage
First lady Melania Trump tweeted details about her Ohio trip today, explaining that she’ll be focused on the effects opioids are having on children’s lives and what medical professionals are doing to solve those problems
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., before their departure to Cincinnati, February 5, 2018
The pair stopped and smiled for cameras who were there for the departure
The couple took the trip amid new focus on their message following a TV appearance by Stormy Daniels
President Donald Trump (R) and first Lady Melania Trump embark on Air Force 1 on their way to Cincinnati, Ohio, at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington DC on February 05, 2018
The pair departed for Ohio on a windy day at the White House
First lady Melania Trump (right) is traveling to Cincinnati with her husband President Trump (left) today. Once they arrive in Ohio, she’ll split off and do a hospital tour
First Lady Melania Trump (right) has appeared infrequently in public with her husband President Trump (left) since the Wall Street Journal broke a story that said Trump’s lawyer paid off a porn star to keep quiet about an affair
Last night, the president and first lady were seen together at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, for the venue’s annual Super Bowl party
Melania Trump has visited childrens’ hospitals on two other occasions as first lady – one in Washington, D.C. just before the Christmas holiday and another in Paris, France, during a trip with her husband to France for Bastille Day.
She’s also been engaged in curtailing the opioid crisis, hosting a roundtable at the White House on the epidemic in late September and then traveling to a West Virginia treatment center the next month.
The first lady backed out of her husband’s trip to Davos at the last minute last month and turned heads when she took an unscheduled trip to Palm Beach, costing taxpayers an estimated $70,000.
Her office had told reporters that she couldn’t be in Switzerland because of scheduling and logistics.
Several days later, Melania Trump broke with tradition and went to the U.S. Capitol ahead of her husband when he delivered a closely-scrutinized joint address to Congress, his first State of the Union.
The Trumps rode back to the White House together after the speech, making their first public appearance together since January 15, when they were photographed together making a return trip to D.C. from Mar-a-Lago.
Over the weekend the couple attended a Super Bowl party together at the president’s private golf club.
The Wall Street Journal first reported on the Daniels story on January 12, writing that Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, had doled out a $130,000 to keep Daniels quiet in the waning weeks of the 2016 presidential election.
Cohen has denied Trump had a sexual relationship with Daniels, but has not denied making the payment.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, divulged details about her alleged relationship with Trump during a 2011 interview with In Touch Weekly, which never ran until January 17 of this year.
The adult film actress said she and the billionaire businessman first hooked up in 2006, at a Nevada hotel outside of Lake Tahoe, and continued to see each other through 2007.
Before the release of the In Touch Weekly Q&A, several other sources corroborated the details of the story.
Porn star Alana Evans appeared on Megyn Kelly’s portion of the Today show on January 16 and talked about how Daniels called her from Trump’s hotel room, wanting her to come along.
The same day, Slate’s Jacob Weisberg wrote a piece detailing how he had been in touch with Daniels between August and October of 2016.
She detailed her affair with Trump to him, though wanted to be paid for the story, which is something Weisberg’s publication does not do.
She also revealed that, through an intermediary, Trump had offered her money to stay silent.
A pal of Daniels’ later told the Slate writer, after Daniels stopped answering his messages, that she had taken the sum.
Melania Trump and the now-president were married on January 22, 2005, a year and a half before Daniels’ and the president’s first alleged sexual encounter.
Barron Trump was born in March 2006, four months before the now president and Daniels’ first alleged encounter, at a golf outing in July of that year.
The New York Times wrote Tuesday that the first lady was ‘blindsided’ by the initial Wall Street Journal story and ‘furious’ with her husband.
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