Awkward Melania Trump Moments That Were Captured By Millions

Melania Trump is no stranger to the public eye and has been on the scene since the late 1990s. Having met Donald Trump at a party in September 1998, while she was still a model, as noted by Cosmopolitan, Melania knew what it was like to exist in front of the camera, and her life with Donald Trump has expanded her public life tenfold.

Melania Trump has had a stunning transformation over the years, and as first lady, she has had some pretty major stand-out moments. Whether it be great fashion choices, a scary all-red Christmas tree theme, or a jacket that read, "I really don't care, do u?" on the back, Melania has surely made a name for herself, and she's consistently stayed in the headlines.

But perhaps the moments that we have seen most often have been the awkward interactions, the less-than-subtle frowns, and the eye rolls that the first lady has appeared to do while on the job. Unfortunately for her (but fortunately for us), most of these clunky moments have been caught on camera. Have you ever wondered what Melania Trump moments have gone viral? Why have there been so many tense interactions between her and the president? Well wonder no more — here are all the awkward Melania Trump moments that were captured by millions.

Melania Trump's smile while her husband was being sworn into office caught major attention

Donald Trump's inauguration caught the attention of the nation, but it was an on-camera moment shared between him and First Lady Melania Trump that had the internet buzzing. The temperature between the couple was ice cold when Melania smiled at Donald during his swearing-in ceremony and then completely dropped the smile, opting for a deep frown when he turned his back to her, as shared by Marie Claire.

After the video was deemed authentic (there were some rumors that it had been edited), the internet went crazy, with some calling the first lady "Sad Melania" and speculating that she was caught in an unhappy marriage. According to body language expert Patti Wood, Melania's smile-to-frown reaction was the result of being let down by the president during what could've been a moment between the two of them. "[Melania] read it as he's looking at me. What created her facial expression is that she was expecting a moment, because he looked back, but he didn't connect with her," Wood told Cosmopolitan, as shared by Harper's Bazaar. All we can say is that it was certainly an awkward way to start off life in the White House.

Melania Trump's body language at the inaugural ball dance had us all a little uncomfortable

Donald Trump's inauguration day continued with another awkward Melania Trump moment when the First Couple danced at the inaugural ball. In the five-minute video of the dance posted on Twitter by ABC News, it's clear that the first lady was rigid in her posture, oftentimes pulling away from her husband's face. Millions of onlookers took to social media to point out the awkward body language on Melania's part. "Melania's face while dancing with Trump reminds me of the first time I went to the gynecologist," one Twitter user said about the dance. "[Melania] looks beautiful in her dress but they look awkward dancing together," said another.

Expert Patti Wood broke down their body language, as shared by Harper's Bazaar, saying that "they didn't seem to have intimate moments during the dance, it didn't seem to be about them as a couple." During the inaugural dance, the newly sworn-in president started to sing along to the music and engaged with the audience, another factor in the awkward tension between him and Melania. "He was happy in the moment, but it didn't seem to be a shared, intimate moment," Wood said.

The first on-camera hand-holding drama between Donald and Melania Trump

And you thought Melania Trump's awkward moments only started at the swearing-in ceremony. The first lady kicked off her and Donald Trump's 2017 arrival to the nation's capital with an awkward hand-holding moment that truly made us all cringe. While exiting their plane in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration, then President-elect Trump reached for his wife's hand, only for her to quickly grab his hand and quickly drop it away from her.

The tense moment was caught by CNN and was viewed by millions of people. At the time of the incident, the internet quickly weighed in. "She is trapped," wrote one Twitter user. "I think he needs to sign an Executive Order to force her to hold his hand," wrote another.

Body language expert Patti Wood weighed in on the caught-on-camera moment (via Harper's Bazaar), saying that the very brief time the first lady's hand brushed up against the president's was a sign of normalcy and that holding hands could be a daily habit of theirs. But the internet sure didn't agree with that assessment and pointed to the very obvious awkwardness shared between the pair. However, Wood noted, "The brevity showed me that they're making a decision not to show intimacy in the public eye."

While rushing to talk to reporters, Donald Trump left Melania Trump in the rain

Donald Trump is known for stopping by reporters and photographers while exiting the White House to talk about his administration. In 2018, he was joined by Melania Trump, and, in classic fashion, he stopped by the press. But this time, he left Melania not only by herself but without any protection from the rain, and the whole awkward encounter was captured on video. 

As Vanity Fair noted, "The president couldn't help but interrupt their walk to the helicopter to go directly up to the news cameras," as he wanted to speak about his and Melania's latest television interviews. But unlike Donald, Melania was not keen on speaking to the press and waited in the rain for him to wrap up. 

And not only did Donald not try to share his umbrella with his wife, but he also didn't make any effort to reciprocate her hand-holding. In a moment that is often rare for this couple, Melania finally walked up to a press-ogling Donald and tried to hold his hand, only to find that he was holding a "USA" hat instead. All in all, the whole interaction was a tense state of affairs.

Melania Trump swatted away Donald Trump's hand on a trip to Israel

As first lady, Melania Trump has taken numerous international trips. The president joined her during a trip to Israel in 2017, and unfortunately the trip conjured up one of the most-watched awkward interactions between the pair. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife greeted the Trumps when they arrived, even rolling out the red carpet for them to walk down after exiting Air Force One. 

As the Trumps descended the stairs and walked with the Netanyahus, Donald reached for his wife's hand, only for her to visibly swat his grasp away from her. It was, indeed, the swat heard around the world, and the video capturing the awkward flick of the wrist was quickly uploaded to Twitter by Haaretz, a Middle Eastern media outlet. 

"Well this is [embarrassing]," Haaretz posted on Twitter along with the video, viewed by 12 million people at the time of this writing. According to CNN, Melania Trump later reciprocated her husband's efforts, as she and Donald were seen holding hands during their visit at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. But hand-holding is temporary, and that video on social media is forever.

Practice makes perfect: Melania Trump made avoiding holding hands look effortless

After some high-profile hand-swatting and subsequent viral videos, First Lady Melania Trump appeared to become more sly with her avoidance of her husband's hands. But even so, she awkwardly got out of locking fingers with Donald Trump in 2018, and she used her clothing to obscure her available hand, hiding the interaction from the cameras. Luckily for us, Twitter is home to some beady-eyed watchers, and the moment quickly found its way to the internet. 

The video of the interaction, shared by NBC News, appeared to show Melania using her coat to tuck her hand away from her husband, ultimately resulting in his failure to grasp his wife's fingers. He then moved to the other side of her and put his hand on her back, a move that most guys do in clubs that make us ladies very uncomfortable. As noted by People, the president then led Melania to Air Force One, but the moment had already resulted in one of the most awkward Melania interactions caught on camera. It may not have helped that the news of Donald's alleged 2006 affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels had (at that point) just made it to the headlines.

Remember the time that Melania Trump shook hands with Donald Trump on stage?

Ah yes, nothing says natural, intimate romance like a handshake. At a 2017 event at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, Melania Trump went to the stage in front of military members and introduced her husband, who was set to address the audience, as reported by People. After said-introduction, The Donald made his way to the stage, and, instead of giving his wife a light hug or a kiss on the cheek, he gave her... a handshake. 

To make matters worse, he then gestured, with no subtlety, for her to get off the stage. Oh boy. And like many awkward Melania moments, it was caught on video and stirred up quite the response on social media. After all, it has been viewed millions of times. 

"Nothing says I love you my wife like a firm handshake and false pleasantries," one Twitter user posted. "Did he give a slight push out the way?" asked another. Either way, the interaction left the internet with yet another awkward first lady moment.

Melania Trump's inauguration day meeting with the Obamas had the internet shook

Donald Trump's inauguration day gave us so many awkward Melania moments that it's hard to keep track of them all. But nevertheless, here's another one. When the president-elect and Melania Trump went to the White House and met with Barack and Michelle Obama, the newly minted first lady gave us yet another viral moment, this time due to her husband's departure of their vehicle and subsequent walk up the White House stairs without her. 

Melania, holding a gift for the outgoing Obamas, was left on the far side of the car while The Donald made his way to his new home and office, not waiting even a beat for Melania to join him. As such, body language expert Patti Wood weighed in on the tense exchange. "He's not looking back, he's not waiting for her, he's not looking for her, and he's decided he wants to be introduced by himself rather than as a couple unit," Wood said, as noted by Harper's Bazaar. "He's saying, I'm on my own, I am singular, I am president. That would be one way he shows his power." All we can say is yikes.

You'll never believe Melania Trump's awkward social media slip-up

Donald Trump and Twitter feel synonymous due to his consistent messaging and retweeting. But despite her own pretty mellow social media presence, Melania Trump has been known for some jaw-dropping Twitter moments, and one moment in 2017 turned a lot of heads. As noted by People, the first lady's personal Twitter account @MELANIATRUMP liked (and then unliked) a tweet about her not being a fan of Donald. As it was only one of two favorited tweets on her account, as it was her personal account and not the @FLOTUS Twitter, it was easy to spot. 

The tweet in question that Melania liked was posted by writer Andy Ostroy and read, "Seems the only #Wall @realDonaldTrump's built is the one between him and @FLOTUS #Melania #trump." Along with his grim assessment of the First Couple's relationship, he included the viral GIF of her infamous frown at Donald's presidential inauguration. We don't know if Melania's liking of the tweet was a slip-up, the result of an account hack, or a purposeful showing of her true feelings towards her husband, but the internet quickly picked up on the awkward situation and speculation ran wild.

Did Melania Trump roll her eyes at Ivanka Trump at the 2020 Republican National Convention?

The 2020 Republican National Convention really was the event that just kept giving. From Kimberly Guilfoyle's loud, slightly scary speech to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying that Democrats want to limit the amount of hamburgers people eat (via The Cut), the whole affair was pretty wild. But no moment caught the attention of the internet more than Melania Trump's greeting of Ivanka Trump on stage and what appeared to be an eye roll that accompanied it, which seemed to suggest Melania Trump's relationship with Ivanka Trump may be rather cold.

As noted by Business Insider, the president's daughter had introduced him to the (not socially distanced) audience before his speech accepting the Republican nomination for president for a second time, and she was met with one of the most awkward facial expressions from the first lady. Standing next to her husband and wearing a green dress (that was later used by social media as a green screen for a variety of images), Melania smiled at Ivanka, but immediately seemed to widen her eyes with a certain sense of grief, appearing to roll her eyes. We don't know exactly what the first lady was thinking or why she awkwardly reacted to Ivanka the way she did, but the video is sure worth watching.

Cameras were rolling when Poland's first lady greeted Melania Trump first

This may be one of the only viral awkward Melania Trump moments that worked in her favor. While visiting Warsaw, Poland in 2017, the president and first lady met Poland's first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda and her husband, Andrzej Duda, in a highly publicized introduction, as reported by The Washington Post. After shaking Adrezej's hand, The Donald extended his hand to Agata, but instead of taking it, she promptly walked past him and greeted Melania first, much to the former model's shock. The president's expression clearly showed disappointment, and subsequently, the internet had a blast with the viral footage. 

Poland's first lady eventually shook Donald's hand, but the awkward exchange and Melania's surprised expression regarding the whole incident quickly took the internet by storm. "Who knew that Poland was savage AF," wrote one YouTube user about the viral moment. "The Polish First Lady knows what's up, Ladies first," wrote another.

Melania Trump nudged the president to put his hand over his heart during the national anthem

If Donald Trump is known for anything, it is his apparent love of the national anthem and the American flag, which he has hugged and kissed in the past. But his love for all things patriotic suffered a bit of a slip-up in 2017. During the 139th annual White House Easter Egg Roll, Melania Trump had to awkwardly nudge Donald to put his hand over his heart during the anthem, and like many of their clunky interactions, the on-video nudge went viral. 

As noted by Time, the first lady and Donald Trump's youngest son, Barron, put their hands over their hearts when the anthem began, but the president did not. After seconds of the song had passed, Melania subtly nudged The Donald, and he quickly realized the error of his ways. But even with her sly maneuvers, Melania's awkward interaction and her correction of her husband's behavior was picked up on, and it quickly made its way to the internet. Blink at the wrong moment and you'll miss it, but the awkward nudge is there... and it's a little painful to watch.

Melania Trump asked her husband where his glasses were during a solar eclipse

It seems like Melania Trump has a habit of correcting Donald Trump's behavior, and because of her high-profile life, most of those moments have been caught on video. So in another awkward interaction, Melania asked Donald where his sunglasses were as he looked at the sun during the 2017 solar eclipse. It was, make no mistake, one of the most awkward Melania moments to date, due, in part, to the audience witnessing the interaction first hand. Remember when you watch the eclipse without special glasses, you risk going blind.

The painful moment showed the first lady asking, "Where are your glasses?" The president responded by saying, "I have them," and he produced a pair from his pocket. But that, of course, hadn't stopped Donald from peaking at the eclipse without protection, and the internet had a field day over the awkward exchange between him and Melania. The Guardian's Ben Jacob, as noted by CNN, wrote, "At approximately 2:39, the President initially gesticulated to the crowd below and pointed at the sky. As he did so, one of the White House aides standing beneath the Blue Room Balcony shouted 'don't look.'" It's an awkward moment for the books, that's all we can say.

Melania Trump's copy-cat speech left her fishing for an explanation

In one of her first viral awkward moments, Melania Trump's 2016 Republican National Convention speech was subject to pretty intense criticism, and it's no wonder as to why. Her speech, given the first night of the convention, was a near carbon copy of a 2008 speech given by Michelle Obama, and, as such, the internet went wild. Videos can still be seen of the two speeches played side by side, with the two women using almost the exact same language. But of course, one was made eight years before the other. 

After the viral speech and subsequent backlash, the Trump Organization shouldered the blame and eventually assigned the errors to staff writer Meredith McIver. As noted by NPR, McIver stated that Melania Trump had "always liked" Michelle Obama and thus she incorporated some of Michelle's sayings in Melania's speech. But the backlash over the copy-cat verbiage was pretty severe, and McIver publicly apologized for it. "This was my mistake and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant," McIver wrote in a statement, as shared by NPR.