First Lady Melania Trump and Monika Babisova, the wife of Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis, shared an awkward moment after their husbands left them hanging outside the White House on Thursday.
A video of the guests’ arrival shows President Donald Trump greeting Babis and Babisova after they step out of a black car.
Trump then leads Babis inside as the First Lady steps aside, seemingly waiting for the traditional photo opportunity before heading into the White House. Babisova stands back as well and the two women look at their husbands leaving together before they both shrug and follow.
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
The moment soon went viral. Critics say it demonstrated the two world leaders’ lack of basic chivalry.
The moment you realize you’re a mere armpiece.
— Robbin Young (@Robbin_Young) March 7, 2019
It’s hard to overstate how thoughtless Trump is.
— Chris O’Brien (@ChrisObrienMA) March 7, 2019
They are both very alike in this. The prime minister did not care either. Two big egos.
— jtesinsky (@jtesinsky) March 7, 2019
They both have husbands of similar qualities.
— Jarin (@Jarin50926789) March 8, 2019
Great show of indifference toward their wives.
— Richard Goodman (@1richardgoodman) March 7, 2019
The four later took a photo opportunity in another part of the White House.
The First Lady wrote that she and Babisova spent the day discussing “the many important issues children are facing around the world today,” in accordance with her #BeBest campaign.