The way in which President Donald Trump deplaned Air Force One over the weekend of April 15 has created some stir among etiquette experts.
In one photo, the president is at the bottom of the airplane’s stairs, while First Lady Melania Trump is still descending, notes The Huffington Post.
Etiquette specialist Jacqueline Whitmore explained the proper way for a couple to descend stairs. “When a man and woman are coming down the stairs the man would go before her,” she said.
“The logic being that if she trips or falls, the man (generally being larger or stronger) would be in a position to catch her.”
However, the president’s distance in these pictures “could be perceived as a sign of disrespect,” she added.
“In the photographs, what we’re clearly seeing is that Donald Trump is walking not just one stair ahead, not two stairs ahead, but a few feet ahead. She’s not being accompanied by him.”
Then she gave historical examples of proper presidential deplaning:
If you look at some of the old photos of Ronald and Nancy Reagan or the Obamas, they are very close together.
In other words, they’re a unit, they’re a couple, they’re engaging in this activity together. … Whereas in this particular photo, she is clearly standing all by herself.