There have been some deeply awkward moments between President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, and one of the most absurd examples might have slipped past you. At a visit to Fort Myers, Florida, last week to survey the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Trump sent his regards on behalf of his absent wife—while she was standing right next to him.
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“I just want to thank everybody, the first responders, on behalf of myself, our Vice President—Melania really wanted to be with us,” Trump said, somehow forgetting that the Slovenian former model was standing directly to his left in a green shirt and white baseball cap. What?
While the First Lady remained stone-faced this time, there have been plenty of others during which she’s acted like she wished her husband would quite literally forget her presence. How many times did we watch the video of Melania appearing to swat Donald’s hand away as they walked down the tarmac after arriving in Tel Aviv? And who didn’t raise an eyebrow when the Trumps exchanged a stiff handshake after she introduced him at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland last week? We all felt the love in the room when Melania pulled herself away from President Trump as they danced to “My Way” at an Inaugural Ball. Add last week’s baffling lapse in basic spatial awareness to the “Sad Melania” meme inspiration.