Friday, August 5, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3646: Melania Trump, Donald Trump, Visas, Citizenship and Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

In recent days Melania Trump's immigration to the US has been called into question after the New York Post publish nude photos of the possible future first lady. The date of the photos are in dispute as to whether they were taken in 1995 or 1996 - but the location of the photo shoot is not - the United States. Statements made by Melania Trump (e.g., "I travel every few months back to the country, to Slovenia, to stamp the visa.") are consistent with short term visas (i.e., B-1 Temporary Business Visitor or B-2 Tourist Visa). Yet these types of visas do not permit employment in the US. The H-1B visa does allow a foreign citizen to be employed in the US, however an H-1B does not require travel back to another country to get it stamped (and lasts for 3 to 6 years, sometimes longer). If Mrs. Trump (or anyone) entered the US with a short term visa (which doesn't allow employment) with the intention of working, it could constitute "visa fraud". An exception for this would be if she worked for free and did not receive income.

Melania Trump has been questioned in the past about her immigration to the United State on many occasions before this recent controversy. The MSNBC interview by Mika Brzezinski included above was one of these - and was conducted in February 2016.

Mika Brzezinski (beginning at 3:36): "But y, y, you're an immigrant."

Melania Trump: "Yes."

Mika Brzezinski: "Do you ever think he's gone too far?"

Melania Trump: "I follow the law. I follow - a law the way supposed to be. I never thought to stay here without papers. I had visa. I travel every few months back to the country, to Slovenia, to stamp the visa. I came back. I applied for the green card. I applied for the citizenship later on - after many years of green card. So I went by system. I went the law. And you should do that. You should not just say, 'Okay, let me just stay here and - want ever happens, happens.' "

In the segment of this video where Melania Trump speaks regarding her immigration to the United States, her sincerity quotient is very high. Specifically, in the personal immigration portion of the interview, she exhibits no nonverbal indicators of deception. Of course, it is possible that Melania unknowingly broke the law - or that she was counseled to act in a manner which was illegal (and she was unaware of it). But at the time of the above interview, Melania Trump did indeed believe she had followed the letter of that law with respect to her immigration to the United States.

Intriguingly, later in the video (5:48), Mika asks Melania, "Let me ask you about women. He's (Donald Trump) taken a lot of criticism ... "

Then at 5:50, look carefully at Melania's cheeks. She displays a subtle, yet very significant nonverbal tell when she pulls in (sucks in) her cheeks and simultaneously displays a prolonged blink. This cluster is a reliable indicator of Melania's anxiety regarding Donald Trump and how he interacts with women.

Summary: IF indeed Melania Trump violated the law with respect to her visa and her immigration to the United States, she did NOT knowing do so. Mrs. Trump does however have significant anxiety regarding the subject of how Donald Trump treats women.

See also:

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Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3641: How Marina Joyce is like Donald Trump

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3620: Cristiano Ronaldo's Injury, UEFA Euro 2016 and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3602: Samantha Cameron's Beta Behavior - How Not to Stand Beside the Prime Minister

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3568: Hillary Clinton, (Low) Likability, Rapport (Destroying) and Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3540: Johnny Manziel's Ego

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