You know what they say … in a D.C. minute, your husband’s awareness of your presence can change.
Donald and Melania Trump welcomed Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and his wife Monika Babišová to the White House on Thursday and boy, was it a sight to see.
The President and First Lady made a very formal show of greeting their guests — waiting outside the White House (in obscenely cold weather, mind you) as a troupe of uniform-clad men stood at attention.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania welcomed Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Mrs. Monika Babisova of the Czech Republic for their first official visit to the White House pic.twitter.com/Gq6RL8n47t
— POLITICO (@politico) March 7, 2019
Once the visitors’ black SUV pulled away, the couples chatted for a moment before (seemingly without consultation of his wife or Babišová), Trump and Babiš turned to reenter the White House. And OK, I don’t typically alert my boyfriend every time I’m preparing to walk through a door, but what makes this so uncomfortable isn’t the act itself, but rather Melania and Monika’s reaction to it. As the men begin to walk away the women stand still for a moment, unsure of how to proceed, and then they share a mutual shrug (which we interpret as an exasperated exclamation of “MEN!”) and follow their husbands in.
Just spotted this little moment:
Monika Babišová (the wife of Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis) and Melania Trump shrug as Trump and the prime minister walk ahead of them into the White House. pic.twitter.com/ZD7FBpXl0r
— Blair Guild (@BlairGuild) March 7, 2019
If we were to hazard a guess, we would think that maybe Melania and Monika were expecting a quick photo opp for the press camped across the way. Regardless, what a way to pre-game International Women’s Day: literally leaving your wife out in the cold.
To be fair, though, things didn’t seem much less awkward inside, either.