The former US President suffered what onlookers deemed an awkward snub during a visit to Israel as Mrs Trump seemed to avoid holding hands with him
The former US President suffered what onlookers deemed an awkward snub during a visit to Israel as Mrs Trump seemed to avoid holding hands with him. A body language expert has interpreted the situation as a sign Mrs Trump could be the dominant partner in the relationship.
Judi James, a body language expert, claimed the former model could have been reminding Mr Trump “of the rules”.
Commenting on footage from the 2017 trip, Ms James said: “Everyone thought Melania was some sort of victim or complete walkover for her alpha male husband but this swatting gesture suggested she was anything but.
“Melania was possibly the one in the relationship who understood all the protocols of the job of President and it was clear from this body language that she took a very dominant stance when it came to enforcing them and reminding her husband of the rules when they were on a visit.”
Ms James said Mrs Trump could have concealed the hand movement but chose to “swat” his hand instead, displaying an “unfriendly gesture”.
“The remarkable thing was the way in which she enforced those rules,” she added.
“For a couple as well-established in a long relationship like these two are a very subtle nudge that would have been invisible to the public should have been enough but Melania really swats Donald’s hand away in what looks like a rather dominant and unfriendly gesture that would be easily visible to the cameras.”
Asked whether Mrs Trump is the dominant partner, Ms James said “interestingly, yes I think she might be.”
The expert added: “I wouldn’t see her wielding much power in Trump’s business career but I think she really did seem to step up once they were in the White House, especially near the election when they saw she was such a popular asset.