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Melania Trump wants no part of Donald Trump's hand-holding efforts

Melania is with the president on his first international trip, but that doesn't mean she wants to hold hands


Rachel Leah
May 23, 2017 7:01PM (UTC)

Melania Trump is not here for her husband's PDA, and she especially wants nothing to do with President Donald Trump's hands.

When the president and first lady arrived in Rome Tuesday, both stepped out of Air Force One, and waved to people as presidents often do. The president reached for his wife's hand as they began descending the plane's stairs, and that's when the magic happened.

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Melania executed a move that I myself have done on awful first dates: snatch her hand away and pretend to fix her hair in order to avoid the unwanted hand-holding.

This would be the second day in a row in which Melania Trump refused to hold the president's hand. Monday, when the couple landed in Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeted them and held hands with his wife Sara. Trump then reached back to Melania, who was lagging behind, when she not-so-subtly slapped his hand away.

Is this payback for the time Trump forgot Melania in the car at his inauguration or the time he closed the car door in her face?

But honestly, the fake-out or complete swat of Trump's hand seems like a natural progression from Friday, when the first couple were first leaving the White House to head overseas and the two were photographed awkwardly brushing hands as they walked towards the plane.

After five days by his side, Melania is through pretending, and perhaps now Trump will get the hint; she doesn't want to hold your hand, Donald.

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Rachel Leah

Rachel Leah is a culture writer for Salon. You can follow her on Twitter: @rachelkleah.

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