President Trump didn’t attend Barbara Bush’s funeral, but not because she said she’s “not crazy about what he says about women.”
Photo by James N. Mattis/Flickr.
Since taking on the role of first lady, Melania Trump hasn’t exactly been all smiles. She’s refused to hold her husband’s hand in public multiple times and body language experts say she looks “tense and afraid.”
Given the fact that her husband is currently fighting off allegations he had affairs with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal – and then paid them for their silence – it’s not shocking that she’s acting chilly around her husband.
According to People magazine, the first lady is “furious” over the “24/7 tornado” that her life has become. “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” author Michael Wolff has further confirmed reports of marital discord by saying the Trumps have separate bedrooms at the White House.
2017 mood is melania slapping away trump's hand for perpetuity pic.twitter.com/CWVNdUvkls— Sarah Lerner (@SarahLerner) May 22, 2017\n
Although Melania is clearly angry with her husband, she had a warm exchange with Barack Obama during the service for former first lady Barbara Bush on Saturday, April 21.
Obama and Melania were seated next to each other during the service. Bill and Hillary Clinton were also in the same row.
According to the White House, President Trump didn’t attend the funeral to avoid creating a disruption “due to added security.”
But it was widely reported he avoided the event because the Bush family has been very critical of him. Trump bashed former President George W. Bush on the campaign trail in 2016 and lambasted his brother Jeb during the GOP debates, calling him “low energy.”
Barbara Bush was no fan of Trump either. “[Trump] doesn’t give many answers to how he would solve problems,” she told CNN:
“He sort of makes faces and says insulting things … He’s said terrible things about women, terrible things about the military. I don’t understand why people are for him, for that reason. I’m a woman … I’m not crazy about what he says about women.”
Former first lady Barbara Bush’s funeral brought together approximately 1,500 mourners, including these former and current US leaders from both sides of the political aisle. (: @PaulMorsePhoto — Office of George H.W. Bush) https://t.co/Rx3x0j0EsI pic.twitter.com/gLmdXnr27a— CNN (@CNN) April 22, 2018\n
Obama’s ability to make Melania smile was a big topic on social media over the weekend. Many pointed out that Obama was friendly with Melania even though she helped stoke the flames of the racist “birther” conspiracy her husband championed.
This photo from Barbara Bush’s funeral speaks volumes. After everything Trump has done to Obama, Obama still treats Melania with kindness and respect. What a diplomat and gentleman. That’s a real President. No way Trump would be half this warm to Michelle. pic.twitter.com/7BSqplbdhT— Adam Best (@adamcbest) April 21, 2018\n
Nothing said class like Obama making Melania smile and feel welcome...knowing she supported her husband’s birther movement and asked on national television to see Obama’s birth certificate. pic.twitter.com/fPbgLr4Mpy— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 21, 2018\n
add "make Melania smile" to the long list of things Obama can do that Trump can't— Jeff Tiedrich (@jefftiedrich) April 21, 2018\n
I wonder how Donny feels about the fact that Obama can so easily elicit a genuine smile from Melania, while he can only get a phony one that turns to a scowl as soon as he's not looking.— (@TheMrJayBrown) April 22, 2018\n
Obama just does everything much better than Trump. Even making his wife happy. pic.twitter.com/vTI21jwyXe