Melania Trump, 50, and US President Donald Trump, 74, welcomed revellers at the White House to celebrate the fourth of July. President Trump kicked off a “Salute to America” on Saturday night on the White House lawn before a fireworks display. But the First Lady stole the show when she appeared to refuse to stand up after President Trump nudged her.
Footage on social media shows Melania being nudged by Trump as she shook her head but another video later showed her standing up.
Twitter users were quick to react to the interaction as they suggested she “hates” her role as First Lady.
One wrote: “She is someone who really, really hates being First Lady. I don’t fault her for that.”
Another added: “Donald was just confirming the shoulder she was giving him, truly was cold.”
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A third person said: “You know if she really does have a kidney condition, she is a high-risk individual for COVID-19 and should not even be attending these events.
“She should also be wearing a mask when she has to be around others.”
But others suggested it was completely harmless.
One said: “Maybe he’s just saying “are you enjoying yourself honey?” Why guess like that? There’s no need for that mess.”
President Trump’s Fourth of July event follows a Friday night speech at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota where he accused “angry mobs” of trying to erase history and used the speech to paint himself as a bulwark against left-wing extremism.
Joe Biden, Trump’s Democratic rival in the November election, struck a contrasting note with the Republican president and accused him in a Fourth of July op-ed of finding every day “new ways to tarnish and dismantle our democracy.”
“We have a chance now to give the marginalized, the demonized, the isolated, the oppressed, a full share of the American dream,” Biden said in a separate letter to donors.
In his Mount Rushmore speech, Trump made little mention of the pandemic that has hit his re-election hopes, even as COVID-19 moved further into Trump’s inner circle. Kimberly Guilfoyle, a senior campaign official and the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., tested positive in South Dakota before the event.
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Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser had tried to dissuade the Trump administration from holding the fireworks display over the National Mall and informed the Department of the Interior that it went against health officials’ guidance amid the pandemic.
Apart from fireworks spectators, activists of different stripes also appeared willing to disregard the health warnings.
Roar of the Deplorables, a bikers group, said via social media that they, too, were planning to gather in Washington on Saturday to stand in protest against what they call “the anti-Trump regime” and to celebrate the nation’s birthday.
Freedom Fighters DC, a new activist group which seeks to rally an ethnically diverse generation of supporters behind liberty for all people, especially the Black population of Washington, is one of the anti-racism groups ignoring the mayor’s heed to refrain from gathering.