Body Language Expert Bill O'Reilly Explains Melania's Hand Slap: She Was Furious With Putin

There's been quite the controversy brewing the past week in the media. First lady Melania Trump appears to have avoided holding her husband's hand on several occasions during their first overseas trip as POTUS and FLOTUS. Friday on radio, Glenn invited weekly guest Bill O'Reilly to address the heated, controversial issue.

"Bill, I hope you take this as seriously as we do, and I know you do --- or will --- because you're a body language expert," Glenn joked.

Expert may be taking it too far.

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"I'm an observer of your body language, Beck, and it's frightening," O'Reilly chided.

So what did O'Reilly make of Mrs. Trump slapping away the president's hand when they landed in Jerusalem?

"I guess I didn't take it as a slap. It was, look, I can make it down here myself. I try to stay away from that kind of stuff. But, yes, it was amusing to those who don't like the Trumps," O'Reilly said.

What about day two of the brush-off controversy?

"The next day on the tarmac, he reaches for her hand, and she moves her hand and crosses her face to brush back her hair . . . and he doesn't reach for her hand again. Coincidence?" Glenn asked.

Could we infer that FLOTUS is miffed with POTUS based on that?

"I think she's furious with Putin and is transferring," O'Reilly deadpanned.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

GLENN: Bill, I want to ask you this: Because there's been quite a controversy over three events this week. One happened yesterday. One happened I think on Tuesday. And then one happened on Wednesday. Start on Tuesday. He's landing in Jerusalem, President Trump. And he's coming down the red carpet, and there is footage of Melania -- Trump reaching out to hold Melania's hand, and she slaps it away. Did you see it?

BILL: Yeah. I guess. I didn't take it as a slap. It was, look, I can make it down here myself. I try to stay away from that kind of stuff. But, yes, it was amusing to those who don't like the Trumps.

GLENN: No, it wasn't amusing to me because I live that life. My wife has done that to me. And I just didn't know someone who was all hoity-toity actually has that happen to him. And then.

PAT: Next day.

GLENN: The next day on the tarmac, he reaches for her hand, and she moves her hand and crosses her face to brush back her hair, and he doesn't reach for her hand again. Coincidence?

BILL: Yeah, might be mad at him for something. You know how that goes.

PAT: You'll admit that, though. It looks like she's mad at him.

GLENN: It might. It might. Maybe.

PAT: I mean, I know you don't like to connect the dots. But can we infer that she's pissed off at him?

BILL: I think she's furious with Putin and is transferring.

[Laughter]

GLENN: All right. The next one. This has nothing to do with Melania. Did you see the footage from yesterday with Donald Trump at the NATO summit where he took -- if you want to call it a president -- the president of Montenegro and just pushed him out of the way and then stood in front. Like, didn't even have an excuse. Not, like, hey, excuse me, for a second. I have to hear this. You just pushed him out of the way, stood in his place, and then just kind of looked around. Did you see that?

BILL: I did not see that, I have to confess. But I did read about that. But what I read on the progressive websites was he kicked him in the groin.

GLENN: No, no, no.

BILL: No?

GLENN: You're not taking this seriously, Bill.

PAT: Are you sensing that too?

BILL: No, MSNBC.

GLENN: This is real news.

BILL: That didn't happen?

GLENN: No and the Montenegro guy, president or king, or whatever that is, that's important to NATO. I mean, we don't have the fighting --

PAT: We lose Montenegro, and it's over.

GLENN: We don't have the fighting Montys with us, it's over.

BILL: Montenegro is a beautiful country. But there's a tradition perhaps you don't know, beck. As a sign of affection and respect, you shove people.

GLENN: Especially the president.

BILL: Because the more you shove, the more you love them.

GLENN: I like that. I didn't know that. I didn't know that.

BILL: Any international stuff, just run it right by me.

GLENN: So you've been to Montenegro.

BILL: Many times. I have a condo there.

GLENN: Right there by the beach area.

BILL: Good view of Kosovo.

GLENN: Right. It's beautiful. Beautiful. Especially this time of year.

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The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

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After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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