What Melania Trump's Body Language Reveals In Her Farewell Speech

The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president is historic for more than one reason. Aside from swearing in of Kamala Harris as the first female, Black and Indian vice president, outgoing President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will be the first in over 150 years not to greet President-elect Biden or incoming first lady Dr. Jill Biden at the White House before inauguration. President Trump and the first lady will not be attending the inauguration and were taken by Marine One to Joint Base Andrews, where they will be taken to their new permanent residence at Mar-a-Lago by Air Force One.

This break in tradition was accompanied by separate, pre-recorded farewell messages from the outgoing president and first lady. The video was posted on Jan. 18, 2021, just two days before the end of her husband's presidency. In the message, she reflected on her time as first lady, and notably thanked all the nurses, doctors, and healthcare professionals who were on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis and gave her condolences to the families who lost loved ones.

Nicki Swift spoke to Dr. Reneé Carr, body language expert and psychologist, to dissect Melania's body language during her farewell speech.

First Lady Melania Trump conveyed 'gratitude, unity, and slight nervousness'

When it came to assessing Melania Trump's farewell speech body language, Dr. Reneé Carr, body language expert and psychologist, told us, "Her repetitive speech phrasing conveys that Melania truly found pleasure in the emotional connection she was able to make with the public while she served as First Lady."

"[Melania] also referenced the military and police force in her expressions of gratitude," Carr explained. "Her language copied that of her husband's farewell speech. Showing that they are providing a united force in appreciation of those who have served to protect them and America."

The expert also noted that the first lady "swayed from front to back indicating a slight nervousness." Carr dissected, "Although poised, it is likely her nervousness stemmed from her not wanting to make a language translation mistake rather than a nervousness of being in front of the camera." This is understandable as Mrs. Trump's body language has been largely revealing over the last four years.

Carr continued by noting Mrs. Trump's compassion, "Melania focused her speech on a remembering of the moments of humanity she was privileged to witness and be a part of as our nation struggled with the pandemic." She also emphasized the importance of Mrs. Trump's word choice, "She did, however, mention her 'Be Best' campaign, but used the term 'we' instead of 'I' as President Trump did."

The first lady's speech encompassed an array of emotions and body language, which were reflective of the many she conveyed throughout her time in the White House.