Here’s How Melania Trump Broke State of The Union Protocol

Some experts believe she's distancing herself from the president.

Here’s How Melania Trump Broke State of The Union Protocol

Some experts believe she's distancing herself from the president.

Melania Trump has been largely MIA since the explosive, if not entirely confirmed, story broke of Trump’s alleged affair with adult entertainer Stormy Daniels.

But while she made an obligatory appearance at Trump’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, she did something that many people are reading into as a sign that the First Lady is distancing herself from her husband.

Normally, the President and first lady arrive together to the State of the Union address, as a sign of unity. However, in a break with longstanding tradition, Melania chose to ride with the guests she had invited: a group of American emergency responders, service members, workers, and people who’ve lost family to violence.

The first lady’s communications director Stephanie Grisham told CNN that her choice to ride in a separate car was simply a sign of her “honoring her guests for the true heroes they are.”

“In addition to holding a White House reception and photo opportunity for them, along with their friends and family, she is accompanying them to the Capitol,” Grisham said in a statement. “Once there, the first lady and Mrs. Pence will host a more intimate meet-and-greet to engage with them on a personal level prior to the speech.”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders added that the first lady arrived separately for “no reason other than she can greet the guests and he can go straight in.”

On social media, people are not convinced. Eagle-eyed observers couldn’t help but notice that the first lady’s decision to wear all-white was reminiscent of the female Democratic congressional members who chose to wear the color of suffragettes in protest at Trump’s address to the Joint Session of Congress last year.

Then there were the many, many gifs of Melanie looking decidedly stone-faced and hollow clapping during the speech.

melania trump looks dead inside during Trump's state of the union speech.

The first couple has not been seen together in public since New Year’s Eve. And for more coverage of the first family, here’s Why the Internet Can’t Stop Talking about President Trump’s Weight.

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