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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are on their official maiden overseas trip, and after giving a speech on Islam in Saudi Arabia, the couple landed in Tel Aviv for the second stop of their international tour.
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his wife Sara, along with other officials, greeted the couple at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Lod, and after posing for photos, the group was led away by the authorities on a red carpet. Netanyahu and Sara were holding hands, and when President Trump tried to grab Melania's hand too…umm, this happened...
Did Melania just refuse to hold Trump's hand? �� pic.twitter.com/eYFJMc2A6r
— Tomer Meiri (@tomermeiri) May 22, 2017
The clip grabbed eyeballs, prompting people to share the video multiple times across social media platforms. Of course, it took no time for it to become a viral meme. Some people speculated that Donald tried to reach for his wife's hand only after he noticed the Israeli PM doing the same. Others think he simply withdrew his hand before his wife could take it, but majority think that Melania indeed slapped her husband's hand away from her.
"Well this is embarrassing," Israeli publication Haaretz wrote on its official Twitter account with a slow motion clip of the moment.
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) May 22, 2017
What do you think is actually happening in the video? We'd love to hear your thoughts!
— Sarvam Shivam (@sarvamshivamm) May 23, 2017
— AMs (@chaplin8383) May 23, 2017
I've gone from feeling sorry for Melania to "you go girl". #MelaniaSwat
— CrankyBecky✌🏼 (@crankybecky) May 23, 2017
@raggapegs She was lagging behind, Trump was signaling her to speed up. She did look annoyed by the gesture however.
— Katarina (@Welly_World) May 22, 2017
@raggapegs Melania wants nothing to do with him. 9 days with Trump she can't wait to get back to her sanctuary in New York.
— debdlund (@DebdLun) May 22, 2017
What did Melania's 5 fingers say to Trump's hand? SLAP! 😭pic.twitter.com/AY7N46jM9r
— Legends (@LegendsofCH) May 22, 2017
LOL! Melania in Tel Aviv is as MISERABLE, as Melania in the U.S. Watch her push away the CREEP's hand. PRICELESS😂😂😂This guy is DISGUSTING! pic.twitter.com/lhR1JdTi1m
— Voice of Reason (@raggapegs) May 22, 2017
Most of America feels the same, Melania pic.twitter.com/Ibde9GWm5u
— Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) May 22, 2017