Melania Trump’s ‘clenched teeth’ expose ex-FLOTUS fury at husband’s last day in office

Donald Trump and Melania leave The White House

Mr Trump ended his controversial presidency today, leaving a legacy of two impeachments, deep political divisions, and a pandemic that has caused 400,000 deaths in the US. As the Republican President left the White House with wife, Melania, he said it had been a great honour to serve the country. He then gave a final wave as he boarded the Marine One helicopter for Joint Base Andrews.

But body language expert Judi James noticed that Mrs Trump’s “clenched-teeth” demeanour today suggested she was hiding her real emotions over their departure.

She said: “Nobody should have been fooled by their rigid, performed smiles that appeared to need to be dragged from their boots today, Donald Trump looked and sounded like a broken man while his wife Melania wore the black suit and the demeanour of a principal mourner at a funeral.

“Melania in particular was performing her signature ‘Lightning smile’ that appears and disappears quickly, suggesting no genuine sense of positive emotions.

“As Trump seemed to battle to hold his head up at times her smiles were sandwiched between a dour-looking mouth clamp and some clenched-teeth expressions.”

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Ms James added Mrs Trump’s display showed she was making an effort to show a united front with her husband.

She told The Mirror: “Melania’s elegant and Sphinx-like body language can be one-dimensional but over the four years in the White House she has famously suffered moments of body language leakage when that Lightning Smile has appeared directed at her step-daughter or when she has been seen to swat Trump’s hand away.

“Today though, Trump reached for his wife’s gloved hand with a firm grab and there were no arguments from her.

“He did appear to need both her and the hand clasp in a way that he didn’t coming into office.”

Mr Trump gave a brief farewell as he departed today, amid reports he will not be attending the inauguration ceremony of incoming President Joe Biden.

He said: “So just a goodbye. We love you. We will be back in some form.

“Have a good life. We will see you soon.”

His plane then lifted off as Frank Sinatra’s classic song “My Way” played over the loudspeakers.

Air Force One later flew low to give Mr Trump an aerial view of his post-presidential home at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.

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Mr Trump has refused to mention Mr Biden’s name even as he wished the incoming administration luck on his way out of office.

The 74-year-old is set to be the first outgoing president since 1869 to skip the Inauguration Day ceremony that marks the formal transfer of power.

He added today: “I will always fight for you. I will be watching. I will be listening.

“And I will tell you that the future of this country has never been better.

“I wish the new administration great luck and great success. I think they’ll have great success.

“They have the foundation to do something really spectacular.”

Mr Trump maintained to his last days in office that the election was stolen from him, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Mrs Trump also made a rare personal speech last week as she marked the end of her role as First Lady.

Following the Capital riots, she said it was “shameful: she was the target of “salacious gossip” and “personal attacks”.

Mrs Trump said in her statement: “I am disappointed and disheartened with what happened last week.

“I find it shameful that surrounding these tragic events there has been salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations on me – from people who are looking to be relevant and have an agenda.

“This time is solely about healing our country and its citizens.

“It should not be used for personal gain.”

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