Donald and Melania Trump made a surprise visit to U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq on Wednesday, where they personally thanked the troops for their "service, success, and sacrifice," per a White House statement quoted by BBC News. One moment during the visit — a "rare public display of affection" between the president and the first lady — stood out to some observers, including a body language expert who commented that the kiss had some awkwardness to it.
Speaking to U.K. publication the Express, Judi James explained that Donald and Melania Trump's cheek kiss during their public appearance for the troops marked a "rare event" for the couple to share a smooch. She stressed that the kiss was "awkward and lacking in symmetry" due to the varying styles used by the president and the first lady.
"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," said James.
"Melania appears to keep their torsos apart as they kiss, stretching her neck in to achieve face-closeness instead."
"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."