As President Donald Trump arrived at Joint Base Andrews to depart for another weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, the White House press corps noticed two fascinating details. First Lady Melania Trump was not traveling with the president as was listed on the official schedule. And that Trump used the bellow-belly airstairs instead of the ceremonial staircase.
CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller reported that Trump walked from the Oval Office to Marine One alone.
"The official schedule said Mrs. Trump would be leaving with him, but she wasn't seen," he noted.
David Nakamura of The Washington Post noticed the unusual use of airstairs.
"Looks like Trump used the non-ceremonial, below-belly stairs to board AF1 again. He did that a week or two ago. I almost never saw Obama do it. Wonder what that's about..."
On Twitter, speculation was largely grouped by speculation over the president's marriage, hair, and known fear of stairs.
Here are some of the top entries in each category:
@DavidNakamura @NicolleDWallace Mel whacked his knee caps with a bat?— TalsmaGirl in WI (@TalsmaGirl in WI) 1521839907.0
@markknoller #DogHouseOne.— Tim Hogan (@Tim Hogan) 1521839416.0
@DavidNakamura @NicolleDWallace Avoiding being brushed off by Melania.— Joel is for Biden-Harris 2020 (@Joel is for Biden-Harris 2020) 1521840636.0
@markknoller Melania is busy making notes in the margins of her pre-nup— MsAnThrope (@MsAnThrope) 1521844293.0
@DavidNakamura @NicolleDWallace So his combover wont blow up— Sutch (@Sutch) 1521839872.0
@DavidNakamura Wind + Hair = Bald Spot— J GENAO (@J GENAO) 1521839837.0
@DavidNakamura Avoiding his hair in the wind.— Alexander Chee (@Alexander Chee) 1521839698.0
@DavidNakamura It's a pretty windy day out there https://t.co/dSOyWz2Js8— Taurean, the Creator (@Taurean, the Creator) 1521839948.0
Fear of Stairs:
@DavidNakamura Isn’t he supposed to have a stair phobia? Hate to say it but I don’t wish him well when I see him de-plane.— TeaTime🍾 (@TeaTime🍾) 1521839743.0
@DavidNakamura @NicolleDWallace Can't haul his fat ass up the regular stairs? Just a guess....— 1947Granny (@1947Granny) 1521840745.0