Melania Trump appears to flinch when her husband touches her shoulder. Picture: Sky News
Melania Trump appears to flinch when her husband touches her shoulder. Picture: Sky News

Claims Melania Trump 'shuddered' with Trump touch

DONALD Trump's critics have claimed his wife Melania 'shuddered' as he touched her shoulder during a speech.

Video shows America's new First Lady speaking during a rally at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport in Florida at the weekend.

The former model, usually a demure and soft-spoken presence at her husband's side, broke with form at the event on Saturday.

Preceding the President on the list of speakers, she recited the Lord's Prayer before issuing a scathing rebuke of his enemies and her critics at a campaign-style stop in Florida.

But critics of Trump were quick to point to one particular moment where they claim the mask slipped.

Melania smiled and thanked the President's raucous supporters as she waited for them to quiet down before she spoke.

But as she did so her husband walked across, touching her on the arm

At this point, some have claimed she turned away for a split second and "shuddered" before turning back to face the crowd.

One twitter user said: "Seemed very nervous."

But other brushed it off as nervousness about her speech.

It is not the first time Melania's behaviour around her hubby has come under the microscope.

Footage taken during Trump's inauguration was also seized upon by some social media users.

The First Lady beamed at the President as he turned around to look at her.

But the smile appeared to drop as soon as he turned his back, prompting speculation over the state of their marriage.

Melania Trump has been a rare presence with her husband since the inauguration ceremony.

To the dismay of some critics, she has decided to continue living in Trump Tower in New York until their son Barron, 10, finishes the school year.

Purists and traditionalists have been disappointed that the she has not kept with tradition and immediately joined her husband in the White House.


DONALD Trump has doubled down on his attacks against Sweden after coming under fire for apparently making up a terrorist attack in the Scandinavian country.

"The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!" he tweeted on Monday, using a joke made famous by Wayne's World and Borat.

Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt fired back at the remarks on Twitter with statistics on the country's crime rates.

"Last year there were app 50% more murders only in Orlando/Orange in Florida, where Trump spoke the other day, than in all of Sweden. Bad," Mr Bildt tweeted.

People in Sweden have been scratching their heads since Mr Trump suggested during a rally Friday that some sort of incident had occurred in their country.

No incident occurred in Sweden and the country's government has asked the US State Department to explain.

Mr Trump tweeted on Sunday he was referring to something he saw on television.

The president might be referring to a segment aired on Friday night on the Fox News Channel show Tucker Carlson Tonight that reported Sweden had accepted more than 160,000 asylum-seekers last year but that only 500 of the migrants had found jobs in Sweden. The report went on to say that a surge in violence had followed.

However two Swedish police officers who are in the film featured in the Fox News clip say they were misrepresented in the movie.

Anders Göranzon and Jacob Ekström told Dagens Nyheter, a daily Swedish newspaper, their comments were selectively edited by filmmaker Ami Horowitz in order to connect the impact of immigrants to crime rates in Sweden.

"It was supposed to be about crime in high risk areas," Mr Göranzon told the paper. "Areas with high crime rates. There wasn't any focus on migration or immigration."

He continued: "The real questions should be shown along with our answers. We don't own the rights to the film, but the end of the result is that we don't want to talk to journalists after this. We can't trust each other."


Russian officials are reportedly compiling a psychological dossier on Mr Trump for Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of their first meeting.

Among the conclusions is that Mr Trump is a naive risk-taker who "doesn't understand fully who is Mr Putin - he is a tough guy".

Former Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Fedorov told NBC News that the file is being put together by retired diplomats and some of Mr Putin's staff to help the Russian leader plan for his first meeting with the Republican billionaire. The meeting date has not yet been decided.

"Very serious preparatory work is going on in the Kremlin, including a paper - seven pages - describing a psychological portrait of Trump, especially based on this last two to three months, and the last weeks," added Mr Fedorov, who said he has known Mr Trump since 2000.

He also said the dossier was being revised regularly, adding that many in the Kremlin believe Mr Trump sees the presidency as a business.

"Trump is not living in a box - he is living in a crowd. He should listen to the people around him especially in the areas where he is weak," Mr Federov said. "Trump cannot come to a meeting with Putin as a loser - he must sort out his domestic problems first."

NBC News reports it is normal for leaders to be fully briefed on who they are meeting, detailed dossiers "on the mind and instincts of a US leader is unusual".

Mr Fedorov said Mr Putin's government is growing increasingly concerned about Mr Trump's ongoing controversies in Washington. They also fear he does not have the political power to improve relations with Russia, as he has promised.

It comes after US intelligence agencies concluded that Russia worked to undermine the US election process in a bid to help Mr Trump win the White House.


In a bid to soothe partners rattled by Mr Trump, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters in Baghdad that the United States is not about to plunder Iraq's petroleum reserves.

Mr Trump has repeatedly said both while campaigning and since his election that America, whose troops occupied Iraq for eight years, should have grabbed Iraqi oil to help fund its war effort and to deprive the Islamic State group of a vital revenue source.

But Mattis, a retired Marine general who commanded troops during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, appeared to nix the idea on Monday.

"All of us in America have generally paid for gas and oil all along, and I am sure that we will continue to do so in the future," Mattis said at the start of a visit to Iraq. "We are not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil."


Mr Trump expects NATO allies to make real progress by the end of this year towards the increased defence spending target agreed by the alliance, his Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday.

"The president of the United States and the American people expect our allies to keep their word and to do more in our common defence ... the president expects real progress by the end of 2017," Mr Pence said after talks with NATO head Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels.


British lawmakers are set to debate a call for Mr Trump to be denied a state visit to the UK - but the Conservative government insists the invitation remains firmly in place.

Trump opponents plan to demonstrate outside Parliament in London as legislators hold a non-binding debate on Monday.

It comes in response to an online petition with more than 1.8 million signatures saying a formal state visit "would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen."

On state visits, foreign leaders are welcomed with royal pomp and military ceremony, and usually stay at Buckingham Palace as guests of Queen Elizabeth II.

Lawmakers will also consider an opposing petition, with more than 300,000 signatures, backing the state visit.


Dozens of US workers claim they have been fired after attending the Day Without Immigrants protest last week.

Twelve Latino employees from the I Don't Care Bar and Grill in Tulsa, Oklahoma told Fox 23 News they were fired over text message because they didn't show up for their shift and didn't let their employer know. The employees said they expected to be reprimanded, not dismissed.

Immigration activist Carmen Guerrero told the Philadelphia Inquirer that six people were fired from their jobs at a Bahama Breeze for taking part in the protest.

Ms Guerrero said the workers were allegedly blocked from entering the building when they turned up to work on Friday after the protest.

The no-shows come amid Mr Trump's efforts to step up deportations and build a wall on the Mexico border.

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