Melania Trump Reportedly Slammed for Sexism after Confusing Foreign Minister with Her Partner
It has recently been revealed by former Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, that the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, once assumed her husband was the one who held the post.
The revelation was reportedly made by Bishop herself on Saturday, March 9, 2019, during the Adelaide Film Festival, in Australia, before a crowd.
According to Bishop, the awkward moment happened at a United Nations event in 2017, and it took a while for Melania to find out how wrong she was.
Former foreign minister of Australia Julie Bishop at the Parliament House | Photo: Getty Images
MEETING FOR THE FIRST TIME
Bishop served as foreign minister between 2013 and 2018, and was also the only female in Australia's 19-member cabinet back in 2013.
During the United Nations event, Bishop, who attended the cocktail session with her husband, David Panton, had the honor of meeting President Donald Trump and Melania.
Julie Bishop and husband David Panton at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia | Photo: Getty Images
NOT AWARE OF WHO BISHOP REALLY WAS
While the U.S. President started a conversation with Panton, Bishop was left with the First Lady, who politely asked her if she would be joining her ladies' lunch the next day.
Bishop immediately said no, that her husband would be the one going to the partners' lunch. This seemed to confuse Melania, who wondered why the foreign minister would show up at the lunch.
Donald and Melania Trump at the 2017 G20 economic summit in Hamburg, Germany | Photo: Getty Images
Fortunately, after a little while, Trump swooped in explained to his wife that Bishop was the one holding the post, not Panton, which might have been an embarrassing moment for the First Lady.
TRUMP IN ARGENTINA
Still, that moment wasn't nearly as awkward as the one involving Trump and the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, at the 2018 G20 summit in Bueno Aires.
U.S. President Donald Trump and President of Argentina Mauricio Macri at the 2018 G20 Summit in Buenos Aires | Photo: Getty Images
The U.S. President was supposed to shake hands with Macri and then the two would pose for a photo together before being joined by other world leaders. However, Trump simply walked off stage.
Macri was left alone and confused and Trump could be heard saying "Get me out of here" through a microphone backstage. An aide was spotted running after Trump but the President was already on his way out.