The real meaning behind Trump and Melania's 'awkward' kiss during their PDA-packed Iraq trip
On Boxing Day, the US president, along with his wife, jetted to Iraq to visit US soldiers, the president's first trip to the war-torn nation ever since he assumed the post
Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump made a surprise Christmas Day trip to visit U.S. troops in Iraq, where they shared quite an awkward kiss. A body language expert broke down the awkward gesture shared between the first couple of the US.
On Boxing Day, the U.S. President, along with his wife, jetted to Iraq to visit U.S. soldiers, which was the president's first trip to the war-torn nation since he assumed the post. Trump and his wife stayed at the air base west of Baghdad for more than three hours.
As part of their visit, the first couple posed for photographs with U.S. military personnel and treated the audience to a rare “public display of affection”. Body language expert Judi James broke down the awkward gesture.
She commented: "A public display of affection (PDA) between Trump and Melania is a rare event and this cheek kiss looks awkward and lacking in symmetry. Again, their approaches are different, with Trump clutching his wife’s upper arm tightly enough to make his knuckles whiten while Melania appears to barely lay her splayed hand on his bicep with no sign of holding or clutching."
"Melania appears to keep their torsos apart as they kiss, stretching her neck in to achieve face-closeness instead. Trump’s kissing style looks rather dominant, with a raised chin and fully pursed lips that touch his wife’s face on her upper cheekbone," James added.
"This rather awkward style of cheek kiss with contrasting touch and little in the way of choreography would normally suggest a social or business greeting or farewell kiss between colleagues or friends, suggesting the Trumps might feel rather awkward performing PDAs for the cameras."
James added that overall, Trump used his “stage time to create more of a celebrity-looking appearance than a presidential one.” She said, "Trump’s body language in ‘celebrity’ mode like this, shows the man in his natural environment, dominating the spotlight while performing some ritualistic tie-signs to his audience to suggest – like most stand-up comics – that he is actually just one of them." Trump's visit comes after his decision to remove 2,000 U.S. soldiers from Syria, which sparked anger with some Republicans and Democrats when it was announced this month.