The relationship between Donald and Melania Trump has always been somewhat of a mystery. The First Lady doesn’t appear particularly affectionate toward him, particularly not in comparison to first couples like Barack and Michelle Obama or, for instance, Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter. Following Thursday’s debate, viewers noticed yet another instance caught on camera of her pulling away from shows of physical affection toward her husband.
Melania rips her hand away at the end of the debate.
Apparently Stand By Your Man wasn't a big hit in Slovenia. pic.twitter.com/73q5DzdSVE
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Viewers were unable to decide whether Melania pulled away and then Trump pushed her along with a hand to the back, or if Trump himself pulled away out of anger over the debate. It is, however, a stark difference from the affection shown so naturally between Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill.
Just like her look from inauguration day pic.twitter.com/fJw2DahS7S
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The speculation doesn’t come from out of nowhere. Throughout Trump’s presidency, instances of the First Lady slapping his hand away and making unhappy faces when he’s not looking have been debated on social media. The famous moment from the inauguration when Trump said something over his shoulder to his wife, who smiled, and then turned only to have her face fall into a scowl, has been the source of speculation ever since.
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Another similar moment came when the Trumps returned from a trip to Israel and the president tried to take his wife’s hand on the tarmac upon leaving the plan, only to have her slap it away while cameras watched.
Of course, considering what Melania Trump has learned about her marriage while her husband has served in office, including multiple affairs with adult film stars and Playboy models, would make anyone slap their husband. Twitter, however, could not decide who initiated the slap on Thursday night.
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