Melania Trump’s chilly stroke on the arm greeting as Jill Biden cuddled Joe after first debate mocked by viewers online

MELANIA Trump's chilly stroke on the president's arm as Jill Biden cuddled Joe after the first debate has been mocked by viewers online.

As the first live presidential debate came to an end on Tuesday night, the wives took to the stage to greet their husbands.

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The First Lady approached Donald Trump and seemingly stroked his arm, to which he returned the gesture multiple times.

However, when Jill Biden approached the former Vice President the two shared a five-second warm hug.

As the pair were embracing, Trump seemingly pulls on Melania's hand twice.

Out of the two ladies, only Biden wore a face mask as she walked onto the stage.

During the debate:

  • Biden accused the president of being a "racist" and told him to "shut up"
  • The President and his Democratic rival clashed over Trump's handling of Covid
  • Trump continued to cast doubt over postal voting, insisting it's open to fraud
  • Biden sought distanced himself from the hard left's "defund the police" calls
  • Trump attacked Biden's son Hunter's foreign business deals
  • The President told the right-wing group The Proud Boys to "stand by"

The encounter has left viewers taking to social media to discuss what happened.

"Did…the Trump awkwardly pat his wife's arm, then see the Bidens warmly hug…and then…take Melania's hand and yank on it?" one user questioned.

Another user said that the Biden's "have proven the love they have for one another" while Melania "may need an arm sling."

Several users echoed the sentiment claiming "love will always win," saying they felt "bad" for the First Lady.

One user even said that if they were an undecided voter, "those actions alone would have me vote for Biden."

The next presidential debate will take place on October 15, with the vice presidential debate between Democrat Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence set to meet on October 7.

During last night's debate, Trump and Biden clashed in an ugly 90-minute war of words.

Trump painted Biden as incompetent, telling him: "You could never have done the job that we did, you don't have it in your blood", before attacking his son Hunter's foreign business deals in one of dozens of heated exchanges.

Biden meanwhile lashed out several times – telling Trump he was "the worst president" in history and branding his opponent "racist" and "a clown."

In a fierce shouting match where both candidates pushed for airtime to defend their records and visions, Trump often spoke over Biden and even clashed with exasperated moderator Chris Wallace.

The debate left many observers across the political spectrum unimpressed by the verbal brawling they had witnessed.

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