Etiquette experts weigh in on Trump and Melania Trump's awkward hand-holding

President Donald Trump and Melania Trump’s hand-holding (or lack thereof) is under scrutiny again

The first lady posted a photo of her holding hands with the president on Instagram after the two visited Pearl Harbor on Friday. 

While some commenters thought their hand-holding was sweet, Jezebel pointed out that it somewhat looked like Donald was wrapping his hand around Melania’s closed fist

Elaine Swann, a lifestyle and etiquette expert who has been featured in the New York Times and appeared on the “Today Show,” said it did not appear that the two were holding hands. 

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BEIJING, CHINA - NOVEMBER 9: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania arrive for the state dinner at the Great Hall of the People on November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China. Trump is on a 10-day trip to Asia. (Photo by Thomas Peter - Pool/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - NOVEMBER 9: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania arrive for the state dinner with China's President Xi Jinping and China's first lady Peng Liyuan at the Great Hall of the People on November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China. Trump is on a 10-day trip to Asia. (Photo by Thomas Peter - Pool/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) walks with Peng Liyuan, wife of China's President Xi Jinping, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. Donald Trump urged Chinese leader Xi Jinping to work hard and act fast to help resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis during talks in Beijing Thursday, warning that 'time is quickly running out'. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
BEIJING, Nov. 9, 2017 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd R) and his wife Peng Liyuan (1st R), and U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd L) and his wife Melania Trump pose for group photos at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 9, 2017. Xi held a grand ceremony to welcome Trump on Thursday. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang via Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) and Peng Liyuan (R), wife of China's President Xi Jinping, attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
China's First Lady Peng Liyuan (R) smiles as US First Lady Melania Trump (L) holds up Chinese calligraphy of the character 'Fortune' written by a student during a visit at Banchang Primary School in Beijing on November 9, 2017. Donald Trump and Xi Jinping put their professed friendship to the test on November 9 as the least popular US president in decades and the newly empowered Chinese leader met for tough talks on trade and North Korea. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ng Han Guan (Photo credit should read NG HAN GUAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (C), First Lady Melania Trump (R), China's President Xi Jinping (L) and his wife Peng Liyuan (2nd L) attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (R) and China's First Lady Peng Liyuan (L) attend a visit to Banchang Primary School in Beijing on November 9, 2017. Donald Trump and Xi Jinping put their professed friendship to the test on November 9 as the least popular US president in decades and the newly empowered Chinese leader met for tough talks on trade and North Korea. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / GREG BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump attends a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. Donald Trump and Xi Jinping put their professed friendship to the test on November 9 as the least popular US president in decades and the newly empowered Chinese leader met for tough talks on trade and North Korea. / AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump poses with First Lady Melania Trump in the Forbidden City in Beijing on November 8, 2017. US President Donald Trump arrived in Beijing on November 8 for the critical leg of his Asia tour to drum up an uncompromising, global front against the nuclear weapons ambitions of the 'cruel dictatorship' in North Korea. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tour the Forbidden City in Beijing on November 8, 2017. US President Donald Trump arrived in Beijing on November 8 for the critical leg of his Asia tour to drum up an uncompromising, global front against the nuclear weapons ambitions of the 'cruel dictatorship' in North Korea. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump descend from Air Force One after arriving in Beijing on November 8, 2017. US President Donald Trump arrived in Beijing on November 8 for the critical leg of his Asia tour to drum up an uncompromising, global front against the nuclear weapons ambitions of the 'cruel dictatorship' in North Korea. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive on Air Force One in Beijing on November 8, 2017. US President Donald Trump arrived in Beijing on November 8 for the critical leg of his Asia tour to drum up an uncompromising, global front against the nuclear weapons ambitions of the 'cruel dictatorship' in North Korea. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / THOMAS PETER (Photo credit should read THOMAS PETER/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (2R) claps as he and First Lady Melania Trump (L) walk to board Air Force One prior to departing from US Yokota Air Base in Tokyo on November 7, 2017. Trump's marathon Asia tour moves to South Korea, another key ally in the struggle with nuclear-armed North Korea, but one with deep reservations about the US president's strategy for dealing with the crisis. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by JIM WATSON has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [November 7] instead of [November 6]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (C-R) and first lady Melania Trump (c-L) arrive at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul on November 7, 2017. Trump's marathon Asia tour moves to South Korea, another key ally in the struggle with nuclear-armed North Korea, but one with deep reservations about the US president's strategy for dealing with the crisis. / AFP PHOTO / SONG Kyung-Seok / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by SONG Kyung-Seok has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [November] instead of [September]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read SONG KYUNG-SEOK/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump salutes as First Lady Melania looks on prior to departing from US Yokota Air Base in Tokyo on November 7, 2017. Trump's marathon Asia tour moves to South Korea, another key ally in the struggle with nuclear-armed North Korea, but one with deep reservations about the US president's strategy for dealing with the crisis. / AFP PHOTO / Toshifumi KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 07: (L to R) U.S. First Lady Melania Trump and South Korean first lady Kim Jung-Sook walk during a welcoming ceremony held at the presidential Blue House on November 7, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. Trump is in South Korea as a part of his Asian tour. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump arrive for an official dinner thrown in their honor by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. first lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump arrive for an official dinner thrown in their honor by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US First Lady Melania Trump attends a state banquet dinner attended by US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on November 6, 2017. Donald Trump described North Korea's nuclear missile programme as a 'threat' to the world on a trip to Asia dominated by the crisis. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 06 : U.S. President Donald Trump (C) speaks as his wife Melania Trump (C-R), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C-L) and Abe's wife Akie (C-2nd L) stand with abductees and families of abductees by North Korea, at Hagoromo Room at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan on 06 November 2017. (Photo by Kimmasa Mayama / Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (C-R) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C-L) as First Lady Melania (3-R) and Abe's wife Akie (3-L) look on as they meet abductees and families of abductees by North Korea in Tokyo on November 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Kimimasa MAYAMA (Photo credit should read KIMIMASA MAYAMA/AFP/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 06 : First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump (C-L) draws a calligraphy with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie Abe (not seen) during a calligraphy class of 4th graders at the Kyobashi Tsukiji Elementary School in Tokyo on November 6, 2017. Melania and Akie wrote in Chinese characters that together mean 'Peace'. (Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura / Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 06 : First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie Abe (R) hold calligraphies during a calligraphy class of 4th graders at the Kyobashi Tsukiji Elementary School in Tokyo on November 6, 2017. Melania and Akie wrote in Chinese characters that together mean 'Peace'. (Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura / Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 06 : US First Lady Melania Trump (C), accompanied by Japanese First Lady Akie Abe (not seen), visits at Kyobashi Tsukiji Elementary School in Tokyo, Japan on November 06, 2017. Melania Trump accompanies her husband, US President Donald Trump, who is paying an official visit to Japan from 05 to 07 November. (Photo by Ping Ma / Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 06 : US First Lady Melania Trump (C), accompanied by Japanese First Lady Akie Abe (not seen), visits at Kyobashi Tsukiji Elementary School in Tokyo, Japan on November 06, 2017. Melania Trump accompanies her husband, US President Donald Trump, who is paying an official visit to Japan from 05 to 07 November. (Photo by Ping Ma / Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 06 : US First Lady Melania Trump (R) Japanese First Lady Akie Abe (L) pose with students during their visit at Kyobashi Tsukiji Elementary School in Tokyo, Japan on November 06, 2017. Melania Trump accompanies her husband, US President Donald Trump, who is paying an official visit to Japan from 05 to 07 November. (Photo by Ping Ma / Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 06 : US First Lady Melania Trump (L) poses with Japanese First Lady Akie Abe before their lunch at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan on November 06, 2017. Melania Trump accompanies her husband, US President Donald Trump, who is paying an official visit to Japan from 05 to 07 November. (Photo by Franck Robichon / Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, third right, and Akie Abe, wife of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, third left, pose for photographs with students during a visit to Kyobashi Tsukiji Elementary School in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. President�Donald Trump is on the first stop of a five-nation swing through Asia where he plans to push his message of fair trade and freedom in the region backed by a strong U.S. military presence. Photographer: Ping Ma/Pool via Bloomberg
US first lady Melania Trump (L) talks with Japan's Empress Michiko (R) at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on November 6, 2017. Trump lashed out at the US trade relationship with Japan, saying it was 'not fair and open', as he prepared for formal talks with his Japanese counterpart. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ISSEI KATO (Photo credit should read ISSEI KATO/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) speaks to a student while attending a calligraphy class of 4th graders with Akie Abe, wife of Japan's prime minister at the Kyobashi Tsukiji elementary school in Tokyo on November 6, 2017. Melania and Akie wrote Chinese characters together meaning 'Peace'. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Toshifumi KITAMURA AND TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (2nd-L) and First Lady Melania (L) are welcomed by Emperor Akihito (2nd-R) and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on November 6, 2017. President Donald Trump lashed out at the US trade relationship with Japan, saying it was 'not fair and open', as he prepared for formal talks with his Japanese counterpart. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Eugene Hoshiko (Photo credit should read EUGENE HOSHIKO/AFP/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 05 : U.S. President Donald Trump (R) looks at his wife Melania and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie at a restaurant in Tokyo, Japan, November 5, 2017. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon / Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 05 : U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd R) and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet with their wives Melania (2nd L) and Akie for a dinner at a restaurant in Tokyo, Japan, November 5, 2017. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon / Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 5 : First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Mrs. Akie Abe (L) pose for a photo at Mikimoto Ginza Main Store in Ginza district of Tokyo, Japan on November 05, 2017 as Mrs. Trump attends a cultural event. Melania Trump accompanies his husband, U.S. President Donald John Trump who pays an official visit to Japan From Sunday, November 5 to Tuesday, November 7, 2017. (Photo by Katsumi Kasahara / AFP / Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (R) speaks with his wife Melania Trump (C) and Akie Abe (L), wife of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, before a dinner at a restaurant in Tokyo on November 5, 2017. Trump touched down in Japan on November 5, kicking off the first leg of a high-stakes Asia tour set to be dominated by soaring tensions with nuclear-armed North Korea. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 5 : First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump (2nd L), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Mrs. Akie Abe (2nd R), President of Mikimoto Jewelry Store Hitoshi Yoshida (R) and Senior Manager of Mikimoto Jewelry Store (L) pose for a photo at Mikimoto Ginza Main Store in Ginza district of Tokyo, Japan on November 05, 2017 as Mrs. Trump attends a cultural event. Melania Trump accompanies his husband, U.S. President Donald John Trump who pays an official visit to Japan From Sunday, November 5 to Tuesday, November 7, 2017. (Photo by David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 5 : First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump (2nd R) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Mrs. Akie Abe (R) pose for a photo at Mikimoto Ginza Main Store in Ginza district of Tokyo, Japan on November 05, 2017 as Mrs. Trump attends a cultural event. Melania Trump accompanies his husband, U.S. President Donald John Trump who pays an official visit to Japan From Sunday, November 5 to Tuesday, November 7, 2017. (Photo by David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 5 : First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump (R) is welcomed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Mrs. Akie Abe (2nd R) upon her arrival at Mikimoto Ginza Main Store in Ginza district of Tokyo, Japan on November 05, 2017 as Mrs. Trump attends a cultural event. Melania Trump accompanies his husband, U.S. President Donald John Trump who pays an official visit to Japan From Sunday, November 5 to Tuesday, November 7, 2017. (Photo by David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) arrives with Akie Abe (R), wife of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during a visit to the Mikimoto Ginza Main Store in the fashionable Ginza district of Tokyo on November 5, 2017. US First Lady Melanie Trump on November 5 got a glimpse of Japanese cultured pearls at Tokyo's glitzy shopping district while President Donald Trump played golf with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his first day of his Asian tour. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / David MAREUIL (Photo credit should read DAVID MAREUIL/AFP/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 05 : U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and his wife Melania Trump (L) wave as they arrive at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, Japan on November 5, 2017. (Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi-Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump, second left, applauds as he arrives with U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, second right, at U.S. Yokota Air Base in Fussa, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan, on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. Trump�warned nations against challenging the U.S. as he rallied American troops in Japan on the first stop of his 11-day tour of Asia. Photographer: Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via Bloomberg
TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump (R) applauds he arrives with his wife Melania Trump (L) to speak to US military personnel at Yokota Air Base at Fussa in Tokyo on November 5, 2017. Trump touched down in Japan on November 5, kicking off the first leg of a high-stakes Asia tour set to be dominated by soaring tensions with nuclear-armed North Korea. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (C-L) and his wife Melania (C-R) are welcomed upon arrival at Yokota Air Base in Fussa City, Tokyo prefecture on November 5, 2017. Trump touched down in Japan, kicking off the first leg of a high-stakes Asia tour set to be dominated by soaring tensions with nuclear-armed North Korea. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Kazuhiro NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump, third left, holds a photograph of himself while U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, fourth left, looks on as they greet attendees after arriving at U.S. Yokota Air Base in Fussa, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan, on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. Trump�says he expects to meet with Russian President�Vladimir Putin�during his trip to Asia, as questions over ties between his campaign and the Russian government continue to intensify. Photographer: Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via Bloomberg
US President Donald Trump (2R) claps as he and First Lady Melania Trump (L) walk to board Air Force One prior to departing from US Yokota Air Base in Tokyo on November 7, 2017. Trump's marathon Asia tour moves to South Korea, another key ally in the struggle with nuclear-armed North Korea, but one with deep reservations about the US president's strategy for dealing with the crisis. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by JIM WATSON has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [November 7] instead of [November 6]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (C-R) and first lady Melania Trump (c-L) arrive at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul on November 7, 2017. Trump's marathon Asia tour moves to South Korea, another key ally in the struggle with nuclear-armed North Korea, but one with deep reservations about the US president's strategy for dealing with the crisis. / AFP PHOTO / SONG Kyung-Seok / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by SONG Kyung-Seok has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [November] instead of [September]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read SONG KYUNG-SEOK/AFP/Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 07: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop of # 871107964 ) U.S. First Lady Melania Trump during a welcoming ceremony held at the presidential Blue House on November 7, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. Trump is in South Korea as a part of his Asian tour. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 07: (L to R) U.S. First Lady Melania Trump and South Korean first lady Kim Jung-Sook walk during a welcoming ceremony held at the presidential Blue House on November 7, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. Trump is in South Korea as a part of his Asian tour. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (C) toasts South Korea's President Moon Jae-In (R) near US First Lady Melania Trump during a state dinner at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on November 7, 2017. North Korea poses a worldwide threat that requires worldwide action, President Donald Trump said in Seoul on November 7, but insisted 'we are making a lot of progress' in reining in the rogue state. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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“The reason [I think this] is because you can clearly see Melania’s fingers and you don’t see any separation in her fingers ― like his [fingers] in between hers. It looks like what he did is clasped his hand over hers,” she said. 

“It does appear odd to me in this particular incident because they’re visiting this memorial here that is very moving in terms of the gravity of the lives that were lost during the Pearl Harbor attack,” Swann explained. “Normally, when you are connected to your mate, your spouse, your partner, you’d expect to see more of a connection between the two, because when you think about lives lost and then you have your life partner next to you, it does make you want to clasp that person a little tighter, hold them a little closer. For whatever reason, I don’t see that in this particular photo here.” 

She added, “It looks to me more like these are two people standing and posing for a photo opportunity. They’re obviously very cognizant of the fact that they’re being photographed.” 

But according to Jacqueline Whitmore, an international etiquette expert and founder of the Protocol School of Palm Beach, the two are just simply holding hands. 

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau to the White House October 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. The United States, Canada and Mexico are currently engaged in renegotiating the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mrs. Gr�oire Trudeau (R) at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he and first lady Melania Trump welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mrs. Gr�oire Trudeau (R) at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mrs. Gr�oire Trudeau (R) at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. first lady Melania Trump welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as President Donald Trump and Mrs. Gr�oire Trudeau (R) look on at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump (L) watches as First Lady Melania Trump (2ndL) kisses Sophie Gregoire Trudeau (2ndR) goodbye as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) departs the White House in Washington, DC, on October 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: First lady Melania Trump walks out to welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (C-L) and First Lady Melania Trump (C-R) walk into the White House with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau (R) during a welcoming ceremony in Washington, DC, October 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau head into the White House October 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. The United States, Canada and Mexico are currently engaged in renegotiating the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau pose for photographs at the White House October 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. The United States, Canada and Mexico are currently engaged in renegotiating the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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“On first glance, the president and first lady are holding hands. It’s not the traditional way, but they are still connecting by touching fingers,” she told HuffPost. 

But as Swann pointed out, people scrutinize the Trumps’ awkward body language because they’ve seen so much awkwardness before. 

“We’ve seen this a lot with this couple,” Swann said. “This is not anything new. We’ve seen instances where they just don’t seem that connected and I think this is just another example of their lack of affection — there’s not a lot of affection in this relationship.” 

In April, President Trump was criticized for walking extremely far ahead of his wife while deplaning Air Force One, especially compared to how past presidential couples deplaned together: 

And just one month later, two videos of Melania swatting or snubbing the president’s attempts to hold her hand went viral: 

By October, the two were holding hands, albeit a little awkwardly:  

It simply appears that these two switch up their hand-holding techniques depending on the day:  

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 27: President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump return to the White House on May 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump is returning from his first overseas trip as president. (Photo by Olivier Douliery - Pool/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump holds First Lady Melania Trump's hand as they attend an event to award the 2017 National Teacher of the Year at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 26, 2017.�REUTERS/Carlos Barria
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and wife Melania hold hands after she delivered a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump arrive for a concert of La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra at the ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina during the Heads of State and of Government G7 summit, on May 26, 2017 in Sicily. / AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hold hands as they arrive to board Air Force One for travel to Rome from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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