Trump's 'horrible' handshake with Melania suggests 'their marriage is in jeopardy': Body language expert

President Donald trump made waves last week when he greeted his wife on stage with an "awkward" handshake, and a body language expert says the move made the first couple "look horrible."

The moment came last Friday during an appearance at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland when President Trump gave Melania a handshake after she introduced him in front of military families. 

"You go sit down, honey," Trump said as he urged Melania off stage.

Social media was quick to explode with commentary over the encounter.

The latest interaction between the commander in chief and first lady isn't the first to raise eyebrows over the presidential couple, and body language expert Dr. Lillian Glass warns it could be a signal of trouble in their marriage.

Click through to see the scrutinized handshake and other images from the public appearance:

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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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"It makes them look horrible. It makes them look like their marriage is in jeopardy," Glass told AOL News. "It fuels gossip. It makes them look like they’re just in it for the show and she can’t stand him."

Glass suggests the nature of the event during which the formal greeting occurred might have played a factor, saying Trump may not fully grasp appropriate military protocol at public events.

"Many politicians know what to do, they know how to act, or they’ve been in similar situations before with foreign activities and also with the military," Glass says. "He doesn’t really know what to do. He doesn’t have that background."

SEE ALSO: First lady Melania Trump threatens lawsuit over image on billboards

From the infamous tarmac hand slap in Israel to the Slovenia native's serious facial expression during the January inauguration, the 45th president and first lady's marriage has been the subject of intense scrutiny since the former businessman took office.

Offering a bit of advice, the body language expert suggests the pair should have the guidance of a "chief of protocol" who can guide them on the "where to walk" and "what to do" elements of public appearances.

If left without help in navigating the in's and out's of public life as America's first couple, Glass suggests the Trumps may continue to suffer from the "Free Melania" headlines that often make waves when an odd public encounter occurs.

"They’re extraordinarily awkward," Glass warns. "And it looks very odd."

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