Melania Trump ‘swats’ Donald’s hand away and face ‘drops’ in awkward footage

Despite being married for 16 years, Melania Trump and Donald Trump have often been snapped in rather awkward situations.

And their perceived frosty relationship has often sparked unfounded rumours that the couple will separate.

In her 2018 book, Trump’s ex-aide Omarosa Manigault Newman claimed Melania was “counting down the minutes” to divorce. Unsurprisingly, the former First Lady’s spokeswoman blasted the author for “barely knowing” her.

Daily Star has also previously reported how the former model’s reported move to set up a new office away from her husband “could be her preparing to ask to separate”, according to a family expert.

And, as the rumours persist, we take a look at some of their rather awkward moments together over the past four years.

Inauguration Day – January 2017

Just minutes after The Donald was sworn in on January 20, 2017, cameras captured Melania having a rather dramatic change in facial expressions.

The footage, which has been edited to slow down, showed the new president exchanging a few words with her on stage.

But as soon as he turned his back on her and faced the crowd, her face dropped.

Gone was the 50-year-old’s beaming smile and instead a darkened grimace came to the fore.

It wasn't long before Twitter was awash with viewers asking what Donald had said to her.

Others, though, suggested the then-POTUS may not have been speaking to Melania at all and instead was chatting to Ivanka.

Israel visit – May 2017

Five months after the Inauguration, the First Lady was spotted having yet another awkward moment with her other half.

The footage, which quickly became a viral sensation, showed the pair walking down a red carpet after landing in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.

Donald was seen reaching behind him to grab Melania’s hands. But just as he did, she appeared to swat away his advances.

Just a few minutes later, the pair were seen holding hands but unfortunately for them, it was the apparent snub that exploded online and was seen more than 12 million times.

One possible explanation could have been down to Melania’s choice of heels. An expert noted how the president was walking just ahead of her and said perhaps she didn’t want to risk stumbling.

South Korea visit – November 2017

The US President visited South Korea near the end of his first year in office amid rising tensions on the peninsula.

But despite the ominous setting, video from Seoul quickly went viral appearing to show Melania completely blanking her husband.

The clip shows Donald waving at the crowd alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Trump then turns to look at his oncoming wife – who seems to walk directly past him without so much of a glance.

State of Union Address – January 2018

Viewers watching Trump’s first State of the Union address in January 2018 could not help but notice Melania’s reaction to his speech.

Donald was met with rapturous applause from the audience as he gave a passionate declaration for “faith and family”.

Many of those watching gave him a standing ovation – including all those surrounding the First Lady.

So when Melania remained seated, viewers were quick to pile in saying she had “snubbed” her other half.

Others said she looked like she “didn’t even want to be there”.

Final act as FLOTUS – January 2021

On the very last day she held her FLOTUS title, on January 20 this year, Melania came under scrutiny once again when she seemingly walked away from her husband.

The pair had just taken their final flight on Air Force One, landing in Florida to stay at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

In a clip from the runway, the ex-president and his wife walk down the aircraft stairway together.

While her husband stops to wave and address a crowd of people, Melania walks straight into the car without a backwards glance.

The clip was posted to Twitter with the caption: "Melania is totally done. She already quit posing."

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