Trump and first lady share awkward moment with handshake

At least she didn't slap his hand away this time.

Social media went abuzz after President Trump greeted the first lady with a formal handshake at a military event Friday night.

The President came on the stage at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland following an introduction by First Lady Melania Trump.

But instead of a hug or a kiss, Trump extended his hand to his wife of 12 years as fatigue-clad troops look on. After they shook hands, the President was seen saying something to the first lady.

"That awkward handshake is the Trump equivalent of telling your wife she has to sleep on the couch because you didn't like the gravy," tweeted @dritpreik.

Others speculated the two aren't quite happy together.

"Ah yes, a handshake, so intimate, thank you very much husband sir, my misery is palpable, solid deal sir," quipped @TrumpFlotus, an account parodying the first lady.

Some were just relieve Trump didn't give one of his notorious handshakes.

See photos of Melania and Donald Trump at the military event:

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US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with US First Lady Melania Trump after she spoke to members of the military at Joint Andrews Airforce base, Maryland on September 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with US First Lady Melania Trump after she spoke to members of the military at Joint Andrews Airforce base, Maryland on September 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with US First Lady Melania Trump after she spoke to members of the military at Joint Andrews Airforce base, Maryland on September 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (L) and US First Lady Melania Trump arrive to speak at Joint Andrews Airforce base, Maryland on September 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 15: U.S. President Donald Trump waves as first lady Melania Trump looks on after he spoke to Air Force personnel during an event September 15, 2017 at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. President Trump attended the event to celebrate the 70th birthday of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump waves while walking out with U.S. First Lady Melania Trump after delivering remarks to military personnel and families in an aircraft hangar at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Trump called on Congress to end the defense sequester once and for all and promised the U.S. Air Force would maintain its dominance. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, front row from right, Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, and Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, listen as U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, deliver remarks to military personnel and families in an aircraft hangar at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Trump called on Congress to end the defense sequester once and for all and promised the U.S. Air Force would maintain its dominance. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump speaks before U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, delivers remarks to military personnel and families in an aircraft hangar at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Trump called on Congress to end the defense sequester once and for all and promised the U.S. Air Force would maintain its dominance. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump waves while walking out with U.S. First Lady Melania Trump after delivering remarks to military personnel and families in an aircraft hangar at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Trump called on Congress to end the defense sequester once and for all and promised the U.S. Air Force would maintain its dominance. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 15: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump leave as they walk in front of an F-35 fighter jet after he spoke to Air Force personnel during an event September 15, 2017 at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. President Trump attended the event to celebrate the 70th birthday of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (L) and US First Lady Melania Trump arrive to speak at Joint Andrews Airforce base, Maryland on September 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (L) and US First Lady Melania Trump arrive to speak at Joint Andrews Airforce base, Maryland on September 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (L) and US First Lady Melania Trump arrive to speak at Joint Andrews Airforce base, Maryland on September 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Jared Kushner (L), Ivanka Trump (C), their son Theodore James Kushner, and US First lady Melania Trump watch US President Donald Trump speak at Joint Andrews Airforce base, Maryland on September 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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"I guess we can be grateful he didn't give Melania the old Trump Tug Power Handshake...this is how human spouses act!" wrote @catvalente.

The President has gained an international reputation for grasping someone's hand, followed by active tugging of the arm — becoming viral sensations.

One tweeter compared the first couple's exchange Friday night to the 2000 Democratic National Convention, when then-Vice President Al Gore shared a particularly lengthy kiss with his then-wife, Tipper.

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"Nothing says I love you my wife like a firm handshake and false pleasantries. Guess he won't have an Al Gore moment," tweeted@grantstern.

But others were concerned when Trump seemingly guided Melania off stage with his hand.

"Trump greets Melania with a polite handshake and, didn't you notice, a firm shove offstage," opined @Lindlee.

The first lady caused a stir in May when she swatted the President's paw away while on a tarmac in Israel.

When the couple landed in Italy a day later, she again swipped her hand away when Trump went to hold it.

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