Michelle finally tells us what the box happened with that gift
It was the moment when the Obamas officially met the Trumps and the outgoing first family welcomed the new incumbents to the White House.
Yet the occasion on Donald Trump’s inauguration day last January was overshadowed by an awkward moment when Melania Trump handed Michelle Obama a Tiffany box gift.
The former first lady looked momentarily flummoxed before her husband took the box off her and had it taken off into the White House.Images of Michelle Obama’s pained expression were quickly shared on social media as evidence of her supposedly true feelings towards the new president.A year later Mrs Obama has opened up about exactly what happened in that opening exchange between the first couples.Speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she said she had been thrown by the gift as she didn’t know the protocol for what to do with it.
Mrs Obama said: “There is all this protocol, this is like a state visit where they tell you ‘you’re going to do this, you’re going to stand here’ and never before do you get this gift.“So I am standing there like: ‘Okay, what am I supposed to do with this gift?’
“And everyone cleared out and no one would take the box and then I’m thinking: ‘Do we take the picture with [it]?’
“And then my husband saved the day. See he grabbed the box and took it back inside. But everyone cleared out, no staff, no one. I was like: ‘What do you do with the box?’ ”
The former first lady also solved the yearlong mystery over what the gift box from the Trumps contained .
“It was a lovely frame,” she said, when asked by De Generes.