The Trumps are a pretty unusual first family. The president is a former reality star. His wife is a former model. His children have an almost unprecedented role in his administration, despite having little to no former government experience. But one aspect of the family that people can't seem to stop talking about is the relationship between Trump and his wife, particularly because many photos of Trump and Melania have people talking.
Melania, a fashion model who gained U.S. citizenship after emigrating from Slovenia, married Trump in 2005, around the time he was best known for his real estate success and hit reality show. When Trump gained the presidency in 2016, she officially became only the second first lady to be born overseas (after London-born Louisa Catherine Adams, wife of sixth president John Quincy Adams).
Needless to say, this high profile role has led to increased scrutiny of her marriage, especially since she opted not to move to the White House right away with her husband, instead choosing to take care of the couple's young son, Barron, in New York City. What doesn't help the speculation is that cameras have caught Melania and Trump in what seem to be some pretty tense situations.
Keeping in mind that it's certainly impossible — and frankly unfair — to judge a person's marriage based on a few snapshots, here are some of the most notable Trump and Melania moments.
Trump Peeps At Melania's Ballot
s/o to this golden moment where Trump let us all know that he doubted his own wife would vote for him. pic.twitter.com/rDdUtlxvsu— JamesMichael Nichols (@JMN) November 8, 2016
Is that even legal?
Trump Leaves Melania Behind
Trump was so eager to set foot in the White House on Inauguration Day that he couldn't wait for Melania to join him.
Melania Nudges Trump
It's very possible that Trump would have made it through the entire anthem without his hand on his heart if Melania hadn't intervened.
Melania's Smile Turns Into A Scowl
Her smile faded, though no one but her knows why.
Melania & Trump At The Super Bowl
And Twitter had a lot of theories.
Melania Swats Trump's Hand Away
She apparently had no time for his hand-hold.
Melania Swats Trump's Hand Away, Again
Obama's official White House photographer couldn't resist throwing some shade.
And When They Changed Their Minds
a very short story about two people holding hands pic.twitter.com/m2i7pn5a6d— Tasneem N (@TasneemN) January 19, 2017
They really just can't seem to get this hand-holding thing right.
This Very Awkward First Dance
"Stiff" is probably the best way to describe it. Even body language experts weighed in.
This Interesting Comparison
In case anyone needed further proof that the Trumps and Obamas are perfect foils.
Melania Throws Some Twitter Shade
Something Melania and I have in common is that we both like this tweet pic.twitter.com/GukM2c1oir— Greg Bennett (@GreggyBennett) May 3, 2017
In what was probably a mistake, the first lady liked a Tweet that suggested a rift in her marriage. It's safe to assume that it was accidental, but we may never really know.
This Uncomfortable Air Kiss
This is what all couples do, right?
Their Romantic Strolls Through The White House
Definitely looks like they're saving room for Jesus.
Their Hand-Hold At Arms-Length
Hey, at least their hands are actually touching this time.
Melania Gives Trump Major Side-Eye
wow this melania side-eye pic.twitter.com/DOOUOmVAZy— Jessica Misener (@jessmisener) January 24, 2017
A look of either pure disdain or severe confusion.
Again, it's impossible to assess a relationship based purely on a few photos. But the image we get from these sure does paint an interesting picture.