Donald and Melania Trump's most awkward body language moments of 2017

President Donald Trump made waves and garnered unprecedented media coverage during his first year in office, especially with his bombastic commentary, but few could have predicted this time last year that his interactions with first lady Melania Trump would turn out to grasp the national attention as they have.

As they took the White House by storm and toured the world together, the first couple's sometimes "bizarre" behavior captured national attention repeatedly throughout the year. The first big instance came during Trump's inauguration when a video of Melania Trump looking "petrified" at the ceremony made rounds on social media and prompted the infamous hashtag #FreeMelania.

In a short clip, the first lady can be seen smiling at her husband during the event, but the moment he looks away, her smile disappears into a somber scowl.

Months later, while traveling on his first major trip abroad with the first lady, they made waves once again as Melania Trump appeared to slap the president's hand away when he reached for hers on the tarmac in Tel Aviv.

The couple had arrived in the Israeli city on the second leg of their foreign journey when the moment dominated global headlines, but soon again footage of their body language went viral when a clip showing them exiting the Air Force One in Rome emerged.

Upon reaching for his wife's hand as they departed the plane, the first lady seemed to pull her hand away as she abruptly fixes her hair, after which Trump rests his hand on her rear end instead.

Check out the gallery below to see some of their other interactions from 2017 that raised eyebrows:

Donald and Melania Trump's most awkward moments of 2017
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Donald and Melania Trump's most awkward moments of 2017

When a photo from the inauguration had Twitter concerned about Melania Trump for the first time

When a video of Melania Trump looking "petrified" from the inauguration sparked the #FreeMelania hashtag
When a photo reignited the #FreeMelania hashtag on Twitter after the first lady appeared afraid to social media users during the Super Bowl
When the first lady subtly nudged Donald Trump during the White House Easter Egg Roll, appearing to remind him to lift his hand during the national anthem
When Melania Trump's verified Twitter account favorited an anti-Trump tweet, which her spokesperson later said the first lady "wasn't aware" of until the situation was brought it to her attention
When the first lady appeared to swat away at President Trump's hand on a Tel Aviv tarmac in Israel
When Donald Trump tried to hold the first lady's hand, appeared to get rejected and touched her rear end instead

When the president seemed to forget his wife was standing next to him while speaking about hurricane relief 

When the first lady introduced her husband on stage at an event and he thanked her with a handshake, which a body language expert told AOL made the first couple "look horrible"


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