Melania Trump was seen giving her husband a sharp reminder in etiquette on Monday at the White House Easter Egg Roll.
The first lady nudged her husband’s hand to remind him to place it on his heart as they listened to the National Anthem on the Truman Balcony with their son Barron.
Her not-so-subtle gesture was caught on news cameras positioned on the lawn below.
Eagle-eyed viewers picked up on it and took to Twitter to both ridicule and chastise the president for the faux-pas.
‘Look at this. Melania had to nudge him to get him to raise his arm during the national anthem. Hopeless,’ said one.
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‘Nudge, nudge, cringe, cringe: Melania reminds POTUS to put hand over his…over space believed to cover human heart,’ another remarked.
The president committed another gaffe when he appeared to throw a child’s Make America Great Again hat into the crowd after taking autographing it. It landed in the hopeful boy’s hands.
The traditional Easter event brought most of the president’s expansive family to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Monday.
The elegant first lady, dressed in a pale pink dress and matching slip-on shoes, read to children on the South Lawn as part of it Mrs Trump also gave some rare public remarks.
‘As we renew this tradition, thank you for joining us on behalf of the president and Barron. We wish you great fun and a beautiful day is coming ahead of us.
‘Happy Easter,’ she said.
President Trump joined in the festivities. He spoke on the balcony to tell the gathered families: ‘We will be stronger and bigger and better as a nation than ever before. We are right on track.
‘You see what’s happening. We are right on track.’
Most of the president’s adult children were there for the occasion. Eric Trump and his pregnant wife Lara were there as were Donald Jr, his wife Vanessa and their brood.
Both the president and first lady spoke on the Truman Balcony as their 11-year-old son Barron and the Easter Bunny watched on
Trump salutes a member of the military who had just sung the U.S. national anthem as he stands with a performer in an Easter Bunny costume at the White House Easter Egg Roll on the Truman Balcony
Melania dressed for the springtime tradition in a long pink dress. Barron, 11, was smart in a pale blue shirt and navy blazer
The First Family was heralded in by a marching band after making their introductory remarks on the Truman balcony
The first lady wore an elegant baby pink Hervé Pierre dress with matching pointed flats for the upbeat event
Barron Trump was in high spirits as he joined his parents and older siblings at the event. He will remain in New York City with his mother to see out the school year before relocating to Washington DC
Tiffany Trump, the president’s only daughter with his second wife Marla Maples, was also in attendance. Ivanka and Jared Kushner were not.
There were fears this year’s Easter Egg Roll may not live up to years’ past after organizers who were usually involved said they hadn’t yet been approached to take part earlier this month.
There were no signs of the delay at the event on Monday morning.
The annual Easter Egg Roll is traditionally hosted by the first lady and dates back to the 1878.
Some 21,000 people gathered at the White House for this year’s event. The Obamas drew a bigger crowd in 2016 with 35,000 attending.
They hosted celebrities including Beyonce at previous years’ events.
Sources said Melania had been working hard to make sure her first year hosting the event was ‘perfect’. She won praise from her husband for pulling it all together.
‘I just want to thank First Lady Melania Trump,’ the president said. ‘She worked really hard on this. She has been working on this for a long time to make it perfect,’ he said.
President Trump joins children on the South Lawn to take part in the Easter Egg Roll festivities at the White House on Monday
Daughter Tiffany Trump is seen peeking through her father President Trump and stepmother Melania Trump as kids beginning rolling their eggs through the White House lawn
President Trump joined in the festivities on the South Lawn, cheering on children taking part in the traditional roll with wooden spoons
The president and first lady then joined young children on a picnic bench to complete drawings for the occasion
The first lady embraced a young girl as they colored cards together for members of the United States military
Melania was an enthusiastic host, reading to children who had gathered on the South Lawn at one point
The president’s son Eric and his pregnant wife Lara (left) brought their dogs and were accompanied to the roll by Trump press aide Kelly Love. Donald Trump Jr. and his wife Vanessa were there with their five children (right)
More than 20,000 people were expected to attend the Trumps’ first Easter Egg Roll on Monday
Several senior White House aides joined in on the fun. Press Secretary Sean Spicer read to a group of children on the South Lawn and Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway also brought her brood.
The Trumps hurried back to Washington DC on Sunday after a weekend in Mar-a-Lago with the rest of the family.
The first lady used the opportunity to get to know teenage girls at a domestic violence shelter, stopping by on Friday armed with Easter baskets and eager to chat.
She spent 45 minutes with the teenagers at HomeSafe in Lake Worth before leaving with her Secret Service detail.
The president squeezed in his 18th and 19th rounds of golf since taking office.
He was accompanied by a 13-car motorcade as he made his way from Mar-a-Lago to Trump International Golf Course on Friday and Saturday.
The pair hosted Melania’s parents for the weekend alongside President Trump’s two adult sons and daughter Tiffany.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer (left) and was spotted at the White House Easter Egg Roll reading a book to children this morning
White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway and her family arrive for the Easter Egg Roll. The White House said 21,000 people are expected to attend the annual tradition of rolling colored eggs down the White House lawn that was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878