The subtle movement made headlines as critics wondered why Melania might be avoiding her husband’s gesture.
However, others thought her full-skirted dress may be to blame, as she appeared to hold her leather handbag tightly against her A-line dress in the wind.
“It was windy. She’s just holding her dress down. Once off the stairs she holds his hand,” insisted one Twitter user after the clip caused a social media storm on Monday.
Aside from the awkward moment, Melania looked in good spirits as she smiled at a small group of welcoming supporters, despite the news that her brother-in-law, Robert Trump, had passed away on Saturday.
Showing off more fashion hits from her designer wardrobe, Melania was dressed top-to-toe in camel-coloured tones that perfectly complemented her caramel-streaked hair.
The First Lady was wearing a statement shirt dress with long sleeves and a flattering hemline.
The neutral-coloured Compact Cotton Shirt Dress was by British designer Stella McCartney, which has already sold out online.