Etiquette Experts Explain Trump's Awkward Walking Distance From Melania

Etiquette Experts Explain Trump's Awkward Walking Distance From Melania


Whitmore continues:

In the photographs, what we’re clearly seeing is that Donald Trump is walking not just one stair ahead, not two stairs ahead, but a few feet ahead. She’s not being accompanied by him. If you look at some of the old photos of Ronald and Nancy Reagan or the Obamas, they are very close together. In other words, they’re a unit, they’re a couple, they’re engaging in this activity together.

Whereas in this particular photo, she is clearly standing all by herself. Now it could also be a sign of self-absorption or he’s in a hurry. He’s a role model for the country, having said that –- he should be modeling, I believe, a different kind of behavior.

Elaine Swann, a lifestyle and etiquette expert who has been featured in the New York Times and on The Today Show, said roughly the same:

The husband at the bottom of the stairs, saluting and greeting the people there, and the wife is still at the top of the stairs – this is incorrect. The proper thing for him to do is to wait for his spouse at the bottom of the stairs and then take her hand and assist her down the last few steps as she comes down. This was not done.

He still is a husband first before a president. Because he’s in the presence of a woman, and this woman is his spouse, he still has to make sure that he’s nurturing his relationship. And part of nurturing your relationship is the small gestures and niceties that are necessary in terms of chivalry.

So I guess treating your wife like a random stranger who tags along to your meetings (always about 20 feet behind) isn't the loving move we all thought it was? Somebody better tell The President before the internet posts a side-by-side comparison!


H/T - Huffpo, Mic, Twitter

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