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Marco Rubio tried to hug Ivanka Trump. Awkwardness ensued.

Senator Marco Rubio went in to give Ivanka Trump a hug at the Capitol on Tuesday. Erica Werner/Associated Press

Ouch — that’s got to hurt.

Many were poking fun at Senator Marco Rubio and Ivanka Trump after an Associated Press photo surfaced of the Florida Republican attempting to give the first daughter a hug.

The photo, taken Tuesday, captures Rubio going in for a warm greeting while President Trump’s daughter stands with an impassive expression on her face, her hands clamped firmly down at her sides.

The photo also led Rubio to joke that his office was “investigating” and that “we believe we have our own unclassified photographic evidence that will shed greater details on this incident.”

The whole thing apparently started after AP photographer Erica Werner tweeted the photo from her official account Tuesday around 11:30 a.m.


Widespread mocking quickly ensued.

Rubio, for his part, tried to get ahead of the story by addressing the awkward run-in on his official Twitter account, joking at one point that his office was “attempting to acquire multi-angle video which we believe will provide greater insight into this important matter.”

For what it’s worth, several other photos from Tuesday showed the pair appearing to get along quite swimmingly.

J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press
J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press
MICHAEL REYNOLDS/European Pressphoto Agency

The first daughter was at the Capitol to attend a meeting led by Rubio that included talks about expanding the child tax credit, paid family leave, and other family-focused tax policies.

Rubio said the gathering was spurred by a talk he had with Trump more than a month ago, calling it a ‘‘first step’’ for Republicans to discuss tax policies for working families.

Ivanka Trump has stressed that paid parental leave and support for child care costs are priorities of the administration, but she has signaled flexibility on the approach. Advancing parental leave in the Republican-controlled Congress is considered highly unlikely, but winning some family-oriented tax changes is possible.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.