Donald and Melania Trump's most cringe-worthy moments

Can someone please get Melania out of there? Since the moment Donald Trump was sworn into office, the first lady seems to have maintained her constant frown just about as well as her fierce sense of style. From dodging her husband's hand-holding advances to sequestering herself in her gold-encrusted NYC penthouse long after he moved to Washington, it's unclear if this first couple actually like each other at all.

Donald and Melania Trump's marriage is a stark contrast to Barack and Michelle Obama's White House love-fest. It's not hard to argue that the POTUS showed more affection to French President Emmanuel Macron than his own wife (in his defense, at least Macron kissed him back.) Part of this undeniable tension could be that Melania didn't really know what she was getting into (something she admitted in a 2016 GQ interview) or maybe it's the alleged porn star hush money and the creepy comments Trump lobs at his own daughter. Either way, it's awkward as heck.

At the very heart of it, the infamous couple seems like polar opposites: she's private, dignified, and reserved, while he's the kind of guy that boasts about groping women and antagonizes foreign dictators on social media. That's not to say opposites don't attract, especially when millions of dollars can help dull even the worst qualities in a person. But is it enough?

Here's a run-down of Donald and Melania Trump's most cringe-worthy moments. Just when you think things can't get weirder, they do.

Melania looked less than thrilled on Inauguration Day

Melania's support of her husband's new career path has been subject to tons of speculation. In the scathing White House tell-all Fire & Fury, author Michael Wolff writes that Melania cried "tears — and not of joy" after finding out about her husband's unexpected win. 

This is something that was vehemently denied by Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director. She swore Melania encouraged Trump to run in the first place and was "very happy" with the election's outcome. Strangely enough, during the actual inauguration, Mrs. Trump looked anything but.

Melania's morose expression was so obvious that the internet rushed to her aid with the hashtag #FreeMelania (shocker: the general population likes the first lady a whole lot more than her husband). In the clip that launched a thousand divorce rumors, FLOTUS grinned at POTUS only to immediately frown the moment he turned back around.

Even so, it's difficult to be hard on Melania for the awkward exchange. There could be a few reasons why she scowled. Maybe she was bored out of her mind (only a small handful of people bothered to show up that day.) Maybe she was reeling from the fact that Barron totally snubbed her high-five. Maybe she cut down on carbs to maintain her model figure and felt a little hangry (how many carbs are in a dozen Diet Cokes?) Melania loves her husband very much and was thrilled to be there, okay?

Their Inauguration Day dance was beyond awkward

Melania Trump spent the better portion of the inauguration staring into a meaningless abyss of self-doubt (or at least it looked that way to us.) By this point in the night, Donald Trump had already ditched her to greet the Obamas. She had to suffer through an awkward greeting with Michelle, who seemed less than thrilled about her gift from Tiffany's, and her own son left her hanging on a high-five (are you even a mom if your tween kid doesn't snub you?) Our sympathies to the first lady, especially considering how things went after "The Donald" was sworn in.

During the first dance, the newly inaugurated POTUS appears noticeably stiff while Melania looks straight-up miserable. He's pulling her in at the waist and she's leaning back like a house cat who's totally over being pet. According to a body language expert who spoke to the Mic, that analogy may not be too far off. "Melania is an object to [Trump]," said Susan Constantine. "I don't see any warmth or true love and compassion in that relationship whatsoever."

To the Trumps' credit, it may have just been difficult to groove romantically along to Frank Sinatra's "My Way" in front of the world. Why does the first couple have to know how to dance, anyway?

Melania slapped Trump's hand away in Israel

Things didn't get less awkward when the first couple jetted over to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and discuss moving the U.S. Embassy. We're not exactly sure what went down on Air Force on the way there, but Melania clearly wasn't feeling very affectionate toward her husband by the time they landed.

The incident went down as Netanyahu and his wife — who were holding hands — escorted President Trump and Melania across the red carpet. Trump reached out to grab Melania's hand, and she swiftly smacked it away.

This was just one of a few cringe-worthy moments during the Trumps' trip to the Middle East. After the quick snub, Melania went on to give a misguided speech about "work life" balance to Saudi women, who, as a whole, weren't even legally allowed to drive at the time. The Trump camp also bizarrely posed around some sort of crystal ball — and everyone knows uplighting doesn't make for a very flattering photo-op.

Did she pretend to fix her hair to avoid holding hands?

It's a classic move: pretend to fix your hair to avoid having to touch someone you don't want to. Nervous teenagers testing the dating waters have been doing it for centuries, and apparently, so has Melania Trump.

The first lady appears to put forth a great deal of effort to avoid holding Donald Trump's hand. She snubbed him during their first overseas trip and did it again when they landed in Rome. This time, she brushed her tousled brunette mane out of her face to perhaps save herself the grief of showing her husband public affection. 

To be totally fair, a first lady's hair is of the utmost importance, and maybe she didn't see the president's tiny hand bidding for her attention. There was a lot going on in that moment.

According to a member of the president's inner circle who spoke to Vanity Fair, her perceived coldness isn't a diss. Melania reportedly prefers to step back and let her husband have the spotlight. Of course, the internet wasn't kind about Melania's perceived snub and the #SaveMelania hashtags resurfaced like so many cockroaches.

Let's just shake on it

It's true: your husband is supposed to be your life partner, but does that mean he's also your business partner? That appears to be the case for Donald Trump, who greeted his wife with the firm handshake of a fellow colleague.

By the time POTUS arrived with his wife at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, Melania had already made it pretty clear that she's not into PDA. It seems the president finally got the memo, because eh greeted the first lady with a handshake and awkwardly nudged her off stage after she introduced him to the crowd.

The encounter was so strange that Twitter erupted with commentary. One user claimed this incident was "by far the most awkward husband/wife encounter" they'd ever witnessed; another said, "Nothing says I love you [to] my wife like a firm handshake and false pleasantries." Others questioned if Donald and Melania actually know each other at all.

the prez finally lands the hand, and he's grateful for it

We imagine the conversation going something like this: "Melania, you're embarrassing me. Please, just hold my hand in front of the cameras when we get out there. Please. Just for a second." 

While we're certainly not behind the closed doors of Trump and Melania's alleged separate bedrooms, it appeared that FLOTUS finally appeased her husband's hand-holding advances during the State Arrival Ceremony in April 2018 — if only for a moment.

The first couple posed for a photo-op next to French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, who sneakily slinked her fingers around her husband's hand as he reached out to meet her half-way. Melania, on the other hand, was dazzling in a fierce white hat and could not be bothered. Trump reached out to grab her hand, and she eventually took it without even giving him a glance. According to the Daily Mail, he then "mouthed an exaggerated 'thank you.'" As soon as the couple completed the photo op, Melania appeared to let go of Trump's grip and proceed to trail behind him. Macron and Brigitte remained side-by-side for a bit.

Again, Melania appeared totally thrilled to be there next to her beloved husband — thrilled.

Her Wicked Witch of the West Wing holiday vibe

Some say Melania is in a cold, loveless marriage, but what if that's just her personal aesthetic? If you're going by her Christmas decorations — which Vox described as a "nightmare pulled straight out of a horror movie" — that seems like the case.

The first lady is impossibly chic, even if her style isn't exactly the epitome of holiday cheer. It's not totally her fault. She didn't ask to be stuck in the White House on Christmas. In fact, Melania said she'd most like to spend the holidays "on a deserted island" with her family. With this in mind, it's not really surprising she chose an elegant, understated palette — a palette that transformed into a hellscape ripped straight from The Forest (that flick where the cursed forest murders literally everyone) once the lights went out.

Melania's take on Christmas in the White House was a far cry from the Obama's cozy, classic decorations. Instead of stringing the hallway with garland and warm, twinkling lights, she opted for uplit bushels of stark white branches. The final results garnered her comparisons to the White Witch (that terrifying woman in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe that lures kids into a wintry nightmare) and also the Demogorgon-spawning demon from Stranger Things. Others compared the FLOTUS stoicly watching the various Nutcracker-inspired Ballerinas to Black Swan and The Ring.

There's probably one thing we can all agree on. It certainly wasn't tacky.

Remember when his alleged affair with a porn star messed up their anniversary?

More than a decade of marriage is something to celebrate — but not for the Trumps. Their 13th wedding anniversary came and went with little fanfare. Perhaps the couple is just superstitious (do Trump hotels have a 13th floor?) or maybe Melania was absolutely furious.

The Trumps reportedly intended to spend their anniversary weekend at a posh resort in the Swiss Alps that was hosting the World Economic Forum, at which the president was scheduled to speak. Those plans were made before The Wall Street Journal dropped a bombshell news report claiming Donald paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to remain quiet about an affair. They allegedly had a sexual encounter in July 2006, shortly after Melania gave birth to Barron Trump. Just 11 days after the story broke, CNN confirmed that Melania had cancelled her trip to Sweden due to "scheduling and logistical issues." The president attended the event alone.

Did Melania throw some shade at her husband on his Inauguration Day anniversary?

On the Obamas' 25th anniversary, the former president gushed about his wife by tweeting that he "married the love of [his] life and [his] best friend." The lovey-dovey statement sent fuzzy feelings to admirers across the nation. 

On the flip-side, there was nothing warm and fuzzy about the Trumps' 13th anniversary. Jan. 22 came and went without the POTUS and FLOTUS making public statements of affection. Hey, maybe that's just not their style. We do have to give them some credit: Two days before the big day, Melania did take the opportunity to reflect on her time as first lady. The strange thing was that you'd never know her husband had anything to do with it. 

Melania tweeted a photo of her with her hunky military escort on Inauguration Day along with this message: "This has been a year filled with many wonderful moments. I've enjoyed the people I've been lucky enough to meet throughout our great country & the world."

Was this some subtle shade? By the looks of it, those wonderful moments didn't include her husband — the person who was actually inaugurated on Inauguration Day. Yikes!

She rode to the State of the Union solo

Amidst the Stormy Daniels drama, Melania didn't limit her reported shade-throwing to Twitter posts and cancelled anniversary plans. Nope, the first lady also opted to travel solo to her husband's State of the Union Address on Jan. 30, 2018. In fact, the couple had not been publicly seen together since New Years Eve.

Though the State of the Union address is given just a few minutes away from the White House, the first couple reportedly took separate cars, reported CNN. Melania rode with some guests she invited, who joined her in a special box. She arrived just one minute before the president's speech was supposed to begin.

Even more curious, Melania opted to wear a white pantsuit to the event. The year prior, Democratic congressional members donned white in protest of Trump's policies. Maybe the first lady has joined the resistance, but more likely, cream may be one of her wardrobe-staples. Either way, she looked stunning.

According to Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, there was nothing shady about Melania's separate ride. She reportedly took her own car out of convenience. Plus, she wanted to greet guests, and the president needed to go straight inside.

He dropped the ball on her birthday

Donald Trump has made a name for himself by telling it like it is (or just saying whatever the heck is on his mind without really thinking about it.) This produced a rather cringe-worthy interview when he took his "executive time" to call into Fox & Friends in late April 2018. The interview was shocking for a few reasons — the terrified looks from the anchors as they nervously tried to push him off-air, how he may have actually incriminated himself in legal matters; and the way he totally admitted that he forgot to get Melania a birthday present.

"…I better not get into that because I may get in trouble," he said about his birthday gift to his third wife. "Maybe I didn't get her so much. I tell you what, she has done — I got her a beautiful card. You know, I'm very busy to be running out looking for presents, okay! But I got her a beautiful card and some beautiful flowers."

This begs the question: What's worse? The wrath of a wife who's birthday you forgot or implicating yourself in an ongoing criminal investigation? Only one of those things can be lawyered around.

He joked that Melania will be the next staffer to leave him

Donald Trump clung to his reality TV catchphrase, "You're fired," long after The Apprentice was cancelled. Trump's presidency has become notorious for its high turnover rate. As of May 2018, more than 30 staff members have reportedly been fired, forced out, quit, or retired, and it seems like the world is always speculating about who's next.

It could be Melania. According to W magazine, the president riffed on the fact that Melania looks miserable in an overwhelming amount of public appearances. "I like turnover. I like chaos. It really is good," he said. "Now the question everyone keeps asking is, 'Who is going to be the next to leave? Steve Miller or Melania?'"

Basically, joking about how the general public thinks your wife hates you is as awkward as expected — especially considering the notoriously private FLOTUS was apparently offended.

She finally cracked a smile...with Obama...at a funeral

Melania may be very serious and reserved by nature, but that doesn't mean she never lets loose. The first lady cracked a rare smile at Barbara Bush's funeral (in her husband's absence) — and the irony was not lost on the internet.

President Trump did not attend the service, but Melania was there to pay her respects. Instead of sitting by herself, the first lady sat next to Barack and Michelle Obama. This is awkward in itself, when you consider the fact that her husband supported a campaign promoting the conspiracy theory that President Obama's birth certificate was fake. It's even more awkward when you realize Melania looked happier and more relaxed with the Obamas than she had in months appearing alongside her husband.

Online audiences adored Melania's perceived rare reprieve of misery. One Twitter user quipped: "Melania looks happier at a funeral than she has in ages." Even Hillary Clinton adviser Philippe Reines took the time to tell the internet that the first lady allegedly "ALWAYS" used to smile in photos, yet this is the "first smile on her in years." He added, "That's a woman craving distance from a monster being reminded what dignity looks like." Sheesh.