Melania Trump's Davos cancellation a 'subliminal message' to Donald: Historian

Melania Trump won’t be attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and some are speculating that her cancellation is a “subliminal message” to her husband, Donald Trump.

For one thing, it came on their 13th wedding anniversary, and Inside Edition notes that the first lady has kept a low profile since the allegations that her husband paid $130,000 in hush money to a porn actress who uses the name Stormy Daniels. 

Historian Kate Andersen Brower, who specializes in America’s first ladies, told CNN that Melania Trump’s decision to cancel a major trip is unusual for a variety of reasons.

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“It’s pretty unusual, but in modern history, we haven’t seen a couple like this,” she told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “I’m thinking back to Hillary Clinton, when she famously went with President Clinton to Martha’s Vineyard at the height of the impeachment, the trial and things around it.

“It’s a kind of power that a first lady can yield over her husband. And we haven’t had a situation quite as fraught like this since the Clintons, even going back to President Kennedy and his wife, when rumors swirled around their relationship.”

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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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Blitzer pointed out that on the anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, the first lady posted a picture that didn’t feature her husband. He also wondered if there was any meaning in the fact that Melania did not mention the president by name in a statement saying the past year has been filled with many wonderful moments.

“It’s unusual, and I think this goes back to a first lady we don’t hear from a lot,” Bennett said. “But she is A-plus in subliminal messaging. Not a mention of her husband, of the thousands of pictures taken of the two of them this last year. Interesting that she would pick that picture, and it doesn’t mention the president.”

Watch the complete segment below:

H/T RawStory

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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