Donald Trump has been accused of "flipping a bird" at astronaut Jessica Meir after she actually checked him out for wrongly congratulating her and Christina Koch for being the "first space wandering women."
On Friday, the president spoke with a couple from the International Space Station, telling them: & # 39; You are amazing people; they conduct the first female space corridor to replace the outer part of the space station. & # 39;
In fact, they were the first to complete the all-female spacewalk outside the spacecraft, and Meir volunteered to clean it. The first women's voyage into space took place in 1984, followed by 14 more.
In the video, Trump appears raising his middle finger to scratch his forehead and repair his hair just as Meir speaks.
The snapshots were quickly shared on Twitter with many users, assuming he swore an astronaut.
Shannon Watts posted the video online, writing: & # 39; When one of the astronauts gently corrected how other women moved, Donald Trump used his middle finger to "fix" his hair. How is this in real life? & # 39;
She has been tweeted more than 77, 00 times, and has re-written more than 25,000.
Donald Trump is accused of "tickling a bird" to a female astronaut who was checking on him after he mistakenly congratulated her on being part of the "first female rowers"
Astronauts Jessica Meir, left, and Christina Koch pose for a photo at the International Space Station. The astronauts participated in the first space shuttle trip. The President wrongly congratulated the two on being the "first ever female rowers"
Responding to the clip, one user said: & # 39; There is absolutely no way that was not intentional. How he dares to treat these women is much better than it will ever be and he has achieved so much more in his life than he has. "
He further added: & # 39; Trump gives our two women a space traveler a middle finger while correcting him, saying that they are not the first women to walk in space, as he said. The twist of the bird was so obvious. Oh, how raw. & # 39;
One commentator called his stupidity out of this world.
"Trump says this is the first ever female spacewalk. The female astronaut is checking him out, so of course he's not so subtly pointing his finger. Watch yourself," said another.
Body language expert Patti Wood told DailyMail.com the act was intentional. She said: & # 39; I knew immediately that it was done on purpose.
"Time is everything – fine. As he corrects it, he quickly and dramatically moves to the right and looks down to the right, and then closes his eyes by dragging and dropping his accentuated mouth with his mouth closed with displeasure. So we know before he does, he's upset.
& # 39; Then drop your middle finger and place it in the center of your forehead. This is significant because it calls attention to action. Then it lingers there, rubbing up and down. He continues in an up-and-down motion as he moves it aside. This slow motion shows that this is a strategic, passive aggressive behavior.
"He is very, very careful not to mess his hair, which is another reason why I know it was purposeful and not a quick subconscious reaction.
"If he scratched, we would expect him to put more fingers and bend them so he could use his nails. If it were a move of comfort or stress, his fingers and palm would usually be used to block his face.
& # 39; This behavior is more likely to be seen with a child or teenager pretending to do something else. He also smiles at the cheerleaders, who exudes joy when he finishes working showing that he enjoyed it! & # 39;
Trump addressed Koch and Meir as he sat at a table between his daughter Ivanka Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, surrounded by NASA officials and a group of scouts at the White House.
& # 39; This is the first time a woman has been outside the space station, & # 39; said Trump staring at the camera.
He later added: & # 39; You are amazing people; they conduct the first female space passage to replace the outer part of the space station.
"They do some work and do it at a very high altitude – an altitude that very few people will ever see."
In the video, Trump appears raising his middle finger to scratch his forehead and repair his hair just as Meir speaks. The snapshots were quickly shared on Twitter with many users, assuming he swore an astronaut
Then Meir can be heard correcting the president, explaining that it was the first time today that there were two women outside at the same time.
“We don’t want to take credit for too much because there were a lot of other women rowers before,” she said.
"This is the first time two women have been out there at the same time."
It was at this point that he appeared to lift his middle finger and was accused of turning the bird over.
This would not be the first time that POTUS has been accused of turning the bird over during official engagements.
This would not be the first time that POTUS has been accused of turning the bird over during official engagements. Trump seems to have been sworn in during the 2017 G7 in Italy
In February 2017, during Black History Month, he appeared to raise his middle finger when sitting with Omarosa Manigault. She was later highly critical of him
In February 2017 during Black History Month, he seemed to do the same when sitting down with Omarosa Manigault. A later assistant later published her book "Unhinged", in which she was fiercely critical of him.
Later that year, he appeared to have made the same move on the G7 in Italy, Gizmodo reports.
And then, in September 2017, he raised his middle finger again when asked about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
Regardless of Trump’s misconception, Koch and Meir will still get into history textbooks for the first all-female trip.
The duo left the International Space Station at 7:38 pm ET (12:38 pm BST) to begin the first all-female spacewalk.
Their job was to repair a broken part of the station's solar power grid.