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Donald Trump may never hum ‘I want to hold your hand’ again. Not after the hand he put out was refused by the missus.
Maybe Melanija, the Slovenian who dropped the ‘J’ from her name at some point and now the US president’s hand in full public view, prefers to go hands-free. Perhaps she is shy, hates to fly. Or is it just another jet lagged mother struggling to socialise with husband’s work colleagues. Whatever the impulse, a slow-mo version of her brush-off is playing on a loop, her manicure all over social media. There is his hand and there is her hand, famously not in each other’s. More star-crossed hands will be difficult to find.
Compare this to her hands-on approach with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s wife, Nechama. Whose hand Melania grabbed at first sight and held on to.
The Trump hands hit the headlines as soon as they got off an Israeli airport this week. He held out his, she didn’t. Now body language experts are busy decoding Trump’s palm-down gesture to Melania (as opposed to Obama’s more equal palm-up one to Michelle).
Melania, who demanded and got an abject apology and $3 million from a UK paper that said she ‘provided services beyond simply modelling’, is proving to be a first of a kind FLOTUS. Her bare head while deplaning in Saudi Arabia not just showed off her shampoo but also a mind of her own.
Born in Slovenia, living in America and now roaming around in the Middle East, the former model is no stranger to travel. If German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May can enter these realms with uncovered heads, so can she. Notwithstanding a husband who mocked Michelle’s lack of scarves in 2015.
They should know that any stand-offs between them play into the media’s hands. Their hands, four in all, are under 24/7 scrutiny. These are hands that shake important hands the world over. Hands that wave and sign. These are … First Hands.
If necessary, Melania Trump will deploy an elbow to nudge hubby so he puts his hand on his heart during national anthems. Rest of the time she prefers to keep her hands to herself. Donald Trump, whose hands are two decades older than his wife’s, is probably putting his handsy days behind him. Even presidents need a little hand-holding sometimes.