The First Lady looked despaired and desolate during the ceremony and was struggling to keep up her picture-perfect smile as she flanked her husband Donald Trump.
In a clip posted to social media yesterday, the former super model can be seen having a conversation with her husband, flashing her teeth in a fake smile before assuming a very glum expression as he turned back around.
While it’s unclear what the President said to her to render her so unhappy, it’s clear that the 46-year-old wasn’t exactly happy inside.
The footage has prompted an unexpected reaction from the public, who might have slammed Trump for his actions, but instead have expressed an outpouring of concern and pity for Melania.
Donald Trump, wife Melania and son Barron, attend his inauguration ceremony. Pic: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
One fan commented, ‘This isn’t fake, he even left her at the car by herself, outside by herself… the Obamas had to usher her in first ahead of them to catch up.’
An iconic picture of the moment described by the fan was also seen online prompting a further reaction of genuine worry for the new First Lady.
Barack Obama and Michelle Obama escort Melania into the White House behind Donald Trump.
Melania Trump arrives on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on inauguration day.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘Surprisingly feeling sad for Melania Trump, seeing clips of her husband wiping the smile from her face, air kisses, negative body language.’
Another follower said: ‘The image of Melania’s face aft T turned around haunts me tonight. I don’t like her/politics, but damn. What must she be going thru tonight.’
Another poignant image shows the contrast between the Obamas as a couple and the Trumps. As Melania and Donald stand side-by-side barely touching, Barack lifts his wife Michelle’s hand to kiss it affectionately as they waited for the helicopter to escort them from the ceremony.
These pictures along with the video clip have been seen millions of times, prompting serious worry for the new First Lady.