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Melania refuses to hold Trump’s hand a second time

Oops! . . . She did it again. Melania that is. Hot off the flick seen around the world — when the first lady flicked away Donald Trump’s hand as he reached for hers in Israel on Monday — she pulled a similar move Tuesday in Italy.

News footage shows the couple getting off Air Force One in Rome, where they will visit the Vatican and meet Pope Francis on Wednesday. They paused at the top of the stairs to wave to the crowd. So far, so normal.

They were about to descend when President Trump made a move for his wife’s hand, only to have her slyly slip it away. That left Trump to brave the stairs on his own — and the rest of the world to wonder: What game is FLOTUS playing?

Beth Teitell can be reached at beth.teitell@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @BethTeitell.