These images of Vladimir Putin and Melania Trump were taken earlier this month at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.
There are many photos available online of the Russian President and the American First Lady captured during this particular meal. Despite being taken from multiple angles by different photographers - they all show Vladimir Putin with similar body language.
From a nonverbal standpoint Vladimir Putin was persistently displaying the following nonverbal cluster:
- The Russian President's torso is rotated to his right - away from Melania Trump
- He is not centered on his chair - but shifted an inch or two to his right - again away from the First Lady
- Putin's right elbow is projected out and backward
- His right hand is contracted, fingers flexed
- Vladimir's thumb is hooked in his belt or in the waist of his pants
This nonverbal cluster is an emotional signal that Vladimir wanted to leave the conversation. And although we don't have enough information to say exactly why - it's interesting to recall that during the last hour of this three-hour meal, the Russian leader spoke at length with Donald Trump (who was seated some distance away) in their second meeting of the G20 summit. There is no doubt that Vladimir Putin was trying to extricate himself from this situation with Melania Trump.
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