Miami U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has been getting trolled on social media after a cringe-worthy photo of his awkward attempt to embrace the much taller Ivanka Trump popped up on political websites.
The statuesque first daughter was on Capitol Hill this morning to talk about her new child tax-credit proposal in a meeting with lawmakers called by the second-term Republican senator.
The conversation, which included a proposal to provide incentives for businesses to provide family leave for employees, must have gone really well.
Despite being savaged by Donald Trump during last year’s presidential debates, Rubio, 46, appeared to feel some kind of kinship with Ivanka, and he attempted to hug her.
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In front of reporters.
Not a good idea, because it takes two to tango, and Ivanka wouldn’t have it.
It looked particularly robotic, especially when Trump kept her arms glued to her side.
And she appeared to set her jaw until Rubio, who’s 5 feet 9 inches according to his driver’s license, got his hands off her.
The Associated Press captured the priceless moment — Ivanka has at least three inches on Marco, plus she was wearing shades — and the internet has been going wild with commentary, and not all of them good.
“Okay, I’m not an expert in body language, but it does appear Ivanka Trump is as repulsed by Marco Rubio as the rest of us,” wrote @rideatdawn.
Another Twitter user: “Ivanka: Who are you again? Rubio: I’m Marco. Ivanka: Polo?”
Later Rubio and Trump joked about the social media sensation they created on Twitter.
Rubio tweeted: Just left intel comm & informed meeting 2day with @ivankatrump blowing up twitter over alleged failed hug! Investigating. Will respond soon
And Trump replied: Anonymous sources say @marcorubio planned the alleged failed hug. I have no comment (but I would have hugged him anyway!)
Rubio tweeted another photo from a different angle, joking: New photo emerges providing more insight into alleged failed hug. (Faces blurred for security purposes.)
Trump responded: Fake news! Marco is an excellent hugger...