Melania's shock move as the Trumps leave the White House

Sarah Carty
·Lifestyle Editor
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While she may have spent the past four years making headlines for swatting her husband’s hand away in public, the Trumps put on somewhat of a united front as they left the White House together on Wednesday.

Dressed in a black skirt and top, with huge Jackie O shades hiding her expression, Melania allowed her husband, Donald Trump, to grab on tightly to her hand, a move one body language expert says tells us a lot about the Trump’s marriage.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania make their way to board Marine One before departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on January 20, 2021. - President Trump travels his Mar-a-Lago golf club residence in Palm Beach, Florida, and will not attend the inauguration for President-elect Joe Biden.
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania make their way to board Marine One before departing from the South Lawn of the White House. Photo: Getty Images

Judi James told The Mirror that while Melania gave her signature ‘lightning smile’, which disappears and reappears fleetingly, she surprisingly didn’t try to pull away from her husband when he reached for her during the leaving ceremony.

"Melania’s elegant and Sphinx-like body language can be one-dimensional but over the four years in the White House she has famously suffered moments of body language leakage when that Lightning Smile has appeared directed at her step-daughter or when she has been seen to swat Trump’s hand away," Judi said.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaks to members of the media next to U.S. First Lady Melania Trump before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Trump departs Washington with Americans more politically divided and more likely to be out of work than when he arrived, while awaiting trial for his second impeachment - an ignominious end to one of the most turbulent presidencies in American history.
Donald and Melania chose not to attend President Joe Biden's inauguration. Photo: Getty Images

"Today though, Trump reached for his wife’s gloved hand with a firm grab and there were no arguments from her.

"He did appear to need both her and the hand clasp in a way that he didn't coming into office."

Trump was seen touching Melania’s back, gazing at her as she gave her final speech as First Lady and Melania stayed on the podium beside her husband for the duration of the farewell ceremony.

After Trump called Melania a "woman of great grace and beauty and dignity" and "so popular with the people”, Melania took to the podium to make a speech.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump exit the White House before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Trump departs Washington with Americans more politically divided and more likely to be out of work than when he arrived, while awaiting trial for his second impeachment - an ignominious end to one of the most turbulent presidencies in American history.
Trump can be seen reaching for Melania's hand. Photo: Getty Images

"Being your first lady was my greatest honor. Thank you for your love and support," she said. "You will be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all, God bless your families and God bless this beautiful nation,” she said.

On Wednesday, Trump became the first president to snub his successor's inauguration since 1869, but he wished the new administration good luck and success.

"It is my greatest honour and privilege to have been your president," Trump said at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland after leaving the White House for the last time.

Trump told his cheering, chanting supporters that he'll be watching and listening from a distance.

"So just a goodbye. We love you," he said.

"We will be back in some form."

Melania’s appearance comes after she snubbed First Lady tradition by not giving Jill Biden a customary tour of the family wing of the White House before the Bidens moved in.

“Melania Trump will become the first modern first lady not to invite the woman who will replace her to the White House for a walk-through of the private living quarters on the second and third floors,” Kate Andersen Brower, author of Exploring the White House: Inside America's Most Famous Home wrote in a column for CNN.

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