Former first lady Melania Trump smiled broadly as she made her first public appearance with Donald Trump since April — but a camera captured the moment the former first lady’s beaming expression slipped as she stood next to her husband.
The moment of Saturday’s Atlanta Braves World Series game against the Houston Astros came as the crowd cheered for the pair who even joined in the Braves’ signature “Tomahawk” gesture before the game started.
Trump and Melania both laughed widely and the former president looked at ease as he gestured and pointed at onlookers waving.
Melania Trump appeared next to her husband at a World Series baseball game
The former First Lady seemed happy with her husband when the smile suddenly faded from her face
Though it lasted only a split second, Melania’s face went stone cold as her husband continued to point, gesture and wave at the people in the crowd.
As television cameras turned on the couple, Melania suddenly turned her face away and rolled her eyes, her signature smile vanishing in the blink of an eye.
It didn’t take long for social media users to try to diagnose what might have been bothering her.
‘Just miserable’ wrote one.
“That’s the face a woman makes when the man next to her makes her sick,” one user tweeted.
“So much joy, you get tired of all the joy,” another joked with one of Donald Trump’s old lines when he spoke of “winning.”
“She married it because she thought it would be a step up. She has no idea how far it has taken her,” Kim Steed wrote.
Twitter users quickly chimed in when the clip hit the web, with one user musing, “I don’t think she wants to be there”
Trump stood next to former first lady Melania as they hacked away with fans from a private suite before the game between the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros.
It marked the first time Melania had been seen in public since July, when she was seen with son Barron exiting Trump Tower in New York City.
Saturday night’s outing for the former First Couple was the first time they had been photographed together since Easter.
Melania’s rapidly changing facial expressions have been documented before, most famously at his inauguration in 2017, when just before taking the oath of office, her look turned into a sternness, despite smiling broadly at her husband a few seconds earlier.
On several other occasions, attempts by the former president to hold her hand have been thwarted by Melania.
Melania Trump appeared to refuse to hold her husband Donald’s hand when they stepped off Air Force One in Washington DC in August 2016.
The president held out his hand again, but Melania kept her hand pressed tightly to her skirt
The First Lady appeared to pull her hand away from her husband’s grasp when she disembarked from Air Force One in 2018
In January 2020, cameras caught the first lady appearing to reject Trump’s attempt to hold her hand while on the field at the College Football Championship in New Orleans.
The following month, the pair were seen stepping out of Air Force One when Donald extended Melania’s hand, not realizing she’d tucked it into her jacket.
Perhaps the most famous example was in April 2018, following revelations that Donald was having an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels and paid her to remain silent.
In that incident, the couple was attending a state ceremony on the White House lawn when Donald began to extend his little finger as a clear signal that he wanted to hold Melania’s hand.
Melania seemed to ignore his invitation and kept her hand pressed to her side as Donald grabbed it clumsily.
Then she was seen shuffling sideways away from her husband, as if trying to get out of his reach.
Former President Donald Trump and wife Melania perform the tomahawk heel before Game 4 of the World Series of baseball between the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves
This year, the 51-year-old former First Lady has only been seen about a dozen times since the Trumps left the White House in January this year — after which Melania has seemingly tried to maintain a much more private lifestyle.
Photos taken by guests at the Palm Beach resort and shared on social media show Melania and Donald, 75, sitting side by side at a round table at one of Mar-a-Lago’s restaurants in April, with the mother of one. who looks chic in an elegant sleeveless dress.
For the most part, Melania seems to have left the White House since the beginning of the year to enjoy a much more private lifestyle.
She rarely appears in the nine months she has been living in Florida with her husband and their 15-year-old son Barron.
She also seemed to miss her husband’s 75th birthday in June.
There she is! Melania Trump made her second appearance of the week on Wednesday night when she was seen enjoying dinner with her husband Donald at Mar-a-Lago, Florida.
Donald and Melania Trump arrive for dinner at Mar-A-Lago in video posted to Instagram on April 10, 2021
Donald Trump and Melania Trump have rarely been photographed together this year. They were last photographed in public at an Easter event in Mar-a-Lago in early April