WASHINGTON: US-President elect Donald Trump had an embarrassing moment when he tried to tell his wife where to sit at an inauguration event, but she completely ignored and walked off.
The awkward moment came shortly before Trump claimed his cabinet picks have “the highest IQ of any cabinet ever assembled” today at a luncheon kicking off his inauguration.
He began his remarks by thanking his wife, Melania, who he said had “put up with so much with all the fake news. Fake news, that’s what it is.”
Trump invited Melania to speak, and she violently shook her head.
But the President elect insisted, and she reluctantly approached the lectern and thanked the room for their support.
There followed an awkward moment when Mrs Trump left the stage. Her husband motioned for her to sit on the front row.
But despite Trump calling down from the stage telling her where to sit, she walked past the stage, through the group of family and staff to the side and out of sight.
Trump said: “I guess she didn’t want to sit with you, Phil. Honey, sit right here. Oh, right.”
He jokingly said: “She believes in barriers, we don’t.”