Social media is on fire over Donald Trump's Israel visit and it's not about Israel — America’s first lady Melania Trump smacked away Donald Trump's hand as he reached out to take her hand in the moments just after touching down in Tel Aviv Monday.
Melania is certainly not the first political celebrity to be out on a foreign junket at a rocky time in the life of a spouse, but the way Melania (appears to) swat away the US president's hand and walk at a measured distance away and behind Donald Trump is a stark visual of tension breaking through.
Melania, incidentally, does not live in the White House; she is staying with Barron Trump while he finishes his school year in New York City. Footage shared online clearly shows Donald Trump first taking a look on his right where Netanyahu is holding his wife Sara's hand. Almost instantly, as if in reaction or afterthought, Donald Trump turns left and reaches for Melania's hand at a time when the First Lady is walking at least two steps behind, out of reach and partially off of the red carpet. Walking with her head held high and looking straight ahead through her sunglasses, Melania's wrist appears to slap away her husband's palm after which Trump abruptly moves on to adjusting his tie.
Maybe Melania didn’t realise his hand was there.
Maybe Melania was swatting a bug.
Takeoffs on the awkward moment are all the rage on social media. Melania is drawing some serious praise for swatting the "groper-in-chief". "Most of America feels the same, Melania" is how the Tel Aviv slap is being communicated around the world the Monday after the Mueller appointment and the Comey firing that now has the Trump administration on edge.
"We are all Melania", quips the editor of Daily Beast. "This just proves Melania hates Donald as much as America does", reads another tweet.
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) May 22, 2017
Melania has no time for Donald's need for hand holding, says Mashable.
— Mashable (@mashable) May 22, 2017
Melania tells Trump when to put his hand over his heart but knows when to smack the shit out of that hand too.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) May 22, 2017
<at Western Wall>
Melania, praying: Please g-d don't make me touch that man
Donald, praying: I really want to hold the orb again, wow
— Andi Zeisler (@andizeisler) May 22, 2017
— Donald J. Trump (@RealDonaldTrFan) May 22, 2017
Melania Trump's least favourite Beatles track. pic.twitter.com/cewYo354Pd
— Tommy Campbell (@MrTommyCampbell) May 22, 2017
While some Twitterati made sure they pointed out what a 'nonsense story' this was, by referring to this very 'nonsense story'.
The media is more concerned with Trump and Melania not holding hands than the FBI not upholding the law for 8 years pic.twitter.com/d6VzEA6KfV
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) May 22, 2017
Updated Date: May 24, 2017 19:01 PM