Donald Trump shook his wife’s hand at an event at at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
The 72-year-old attended the army base with former-model Melania.
After Melania introduced her husband the president thanked her with a handshake and directed her offstage.
Many online commentators seemed to find the choice of formal greeting strange for a couple.
Donald Trump news: What awkward handshake with Melania really means
TV personality Grant Stern posted on Twitter: “Nothing says I love you my wife like a firm handshake and false pleasantries.”
A body language expert has given their view on what the handshake really meant exclusively to Express.co.uk.
Judi James, a body language expert, claimed Donald Trump’s way of addressing his wife looked like an interaction between a beauty pageant host and contestant.
“This greeting ritual with Melania shows both husband and wife snap into a greeting and dismissing ritual that would have looked more at home in a beauty pageant of the 1970s,” Judi said.
She added: “Trump’s handshake is oddly formal but add in the patronising smile and head tilt and it is very Miss World host.”
This may not be a coincidence as Donald Trump owned the Miss Universe pageant franchise.
Judi added: “Melania turns to go, becoming rigid and uber formal as she attempts to walk away and it’s the gentle but unpleasant-looking shove from her husband that suggests the kind of dismiss signal you might get if she’d just announced her bid for the title and walked away after losing out on the sash and crown.”
The rather old-fashioned ritual between the pair might show that US president is not as comfortable onstage as he seems.
Judi added: “If these two are snapping into retro mode under pressure it could imply that Trump is a lot less confident on stage than he would like us to believe.”
Meania has somewhat changed her image during her time in the limelight.
Express.co.uk spoke to a selection of surgeons and experts about the surgery they believe Melania has undergone to change her look – and how much she has spent on it.
Dr. Dev Patel, medical director of Perfect Skin Solutions in Portsmouth, estimated Melania’s cosmetic transformation ahead of becoming the First Lady would likely cost anywhere between £10,000-£12,000 in the UK.
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