This time, it wasn’t even a swat. This time, America’s First Lady didn’t even give Donald Trump a chance to grab her hand, quickly moving her manicured fingers to brush away her hair as the president clutched at nothing but empty air.
Tuesday evening, Donald and Melania Trump landed in Rome from Tel Aviv as the president’s first international trip continues. In a clip showing the two embark from Air Force One, Trump is seen reaching for his wife’s hand before she quickly moves it away. The move recalls a similar moment on Monday, when he tried to hold her hand as they arrived in Tel Aviv, but Melania swatted it away. Both clips have since gone viral.
Here’s the most recent clip from Tuesday:
When in Rome… pic.twitter.com/QnW7bl4IRg
— Amanda Wills (@AmandaWills) May 23, 2017
— Colin Jones (@colinjones) May 23, 2017
And here’s the “swat heard around the world” from Monday in Tel Aviv:
— evelyn gerson (@evelyngerson) May 22, 2017
Melania’s refusal to hold her husband’s hand in public might be gaining frequency, although it’s not the first time. When the pair arrived in Washington, D.C., for Inauguration Day, she only held Trump’s hand for a fleeting moment before pulling her hand away.
a very short story about two people holding hands pic.twitter.com/m2i7pn5a6d
— Tasneem N (@TasneemN) January 19, 2017
Here are some tweets praising the First Lady for avoiding her husband.
I am obsessed with Melania. She's absolutely done with that monster. pic.twitter.com/eGKkqoy1pi
— HannahJane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) May 22, 2017
— Ripple (@dharmadude) May 22, 2017
— Paddy McGuigan (@PajoMcGuigan) May 22, 2017
— Madison Kittay (@MadisonKittay) May 23, 2017
— murad (@mrdabm) May 23, 2017
— AMs (@chaplin8383) May 23, 2017