Anyone who lives with abuse can see them self in these two interactions. When he turns toward her, she smiles. When he turns away, her heartache is visible all over her face.
Melania’s been cowed, shamed, and pastes on a smile whenever it’s required. But notice, even though she seemed totally crest-fallen at whatever maliciousness Trump expressed toward her, she repressed any change in her facial expression ’til her oppressor turned away. She’s well-schooled in tolerating his despicable behavior. And as you can see, he can hurl harm without changing his own facial character one single iota. It’s all a show, and he’s the master showman.
While maintaining an artificial smile might assuage his intemperance in the privacy of their home, it sure doesn’t work while the cameras of the entire world are trained on their personal yet public interaction. She likely received a sharp rebuke from these public showings of her feelings about him.
He’ll relegate her back to her gilded cage in Trump Tower as soon, and as much as possible.
A picture speaks a thousand words!
Heaven help this poor woman!