Want a break from all the serious geopolitical analysis in the wake of Donald Trump's summit with Vladimir Putin?

Here is something more lighthearted, courtesy of Trump's better half, Melania.

The internet is currently losing its mind over a clip of a typically poised Ms Trump meeting Putin and shaking his hand.

Some people think they have spotted a crack in her elegant facade.

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The footage shows Melania standing beside Trump and smiling while greeting Putin. With the pleasantries out of the way, she steps back and surveys the room.


Some would describe her facial expression at this point as neutral. Others, perhaps seeing what they want to be true, say it betrays a sense of existential horror.

On social media, the clip drew comparisons to a similar reaction Ms Trump had to her husband's inauguration.

She was filmed beaming at the newly elected president as he showered in the applause of the crowd at his inauguration ceremony in January 2017.

But the moment her husband turned his back, her face fell.

"She looks like she just stared into the eyes of evil," one user said of the clip with Mr Putin.

"The only one in the room who understands how dangerous this man actually is," said Aaron McCord.

THE SERIOUS STUFF

The video emerged as Trump pulled another astonishing U-turn from his remarks at the meeting with Putin.

Speaking to CBS News today, he said he did consider Mr Putin personally responsible for Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

"Just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country. So certainly as the leader of a country you would have to hold him responsible, yes," the president said.

Trump said he told Putin the United States will not tolerate any further interference.

US First Lady Melania Trump, left, Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, and US President Donald Trump, pose with a football after a press conference. Photo / AP
US First Lady Melania Trump, left, Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, and US President Donald Trump, pose with a football after a press conference. Photo / AP

"I let him know we can't have this. We're not going to have it and that's the way it's going to be," he said.

The interview followed days of shifting, contradictory statements, which started at Trump's joint press conference with Putin in Helsinki, where he implied he believed the Russian president's denials over the conclusions of his own intelligence agencies.

Reinforcing Trump's backflip today was FBI director Christopher Wray.

"The IC's community's assessment has not changed - my view has not changed - which is Russia attempted to interfere in the last election and it continues to engage in malign influence... to this day," Wray said.

Meanwhile, Trump defended his performance in Helsinki, saying he "got along well" with Putin.

Trump said his critics "would rather go to war" than see him have a good relationship with Russia.

He made no mention of having walked back comments from the press conference.

He also adopted the term some of his defenders and conservative media have applied to his critics - Trump Derangement Syndrome.

The term has popped up recently among Fox News anchors, and Republican senator Rand Paul also used the term this week.