Melania Trump has become the butt of jokes on her 49th birthday of all days after the White House paid tribute to the first lady with an awkward photo of her sitting alone on a couch.
The White House tweeted a picture of Melania seated by herself in the Oval Office last month during President Donald Trump‘s meeting with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis to wish FLOTUS a ‘Happy Birthday’ on Friday.
People couldn’t resist taking to Twitter to mock the strange choice of photo, which has inspired viral memes showing Melania cuddled up to everyone from Vladimir Putin to Kellyanne Conway.
Awkward: The White House shared this photo of Melania Trump sitting on a couch in the Oval Office by herself last month to wish her a ‘Happy Birthday’ on Friday
Confusing: People couldn’t resist taking to Twitter to mock the strange choice of photo
In the image, Melania is sitting on the far end of the couch in a green double-breasted coat. Her legs are crossed, and she is staring off into the distance, away from her husband.
To add insult to injury, the photographers who surround her are focused on the president and prime minister — not her.
‘WHY WOULD YOU PICK THIS PHOTO,’ one writer tweeted, while someone else commented: ‘All alone and p****d off. Lovely photo to choose of your wife on her birthday.’
‘Melania Trump sitting alone while every single person in the room ignores her in favor of someone else… and that’s the photo the White House goes with,’ another person wrote. ‘This is what is meant by “A picture speaks a thousand words.’
One Twitter user wondered if the staffers who are in charge of the White House’s social media accounts ‘really hate her that much.’
Going viral: The birthday tribute inspired plenty of memes, including this one that shows Vladimir Putin cuddling up to the first lady
Clever: Another shows President Donald Trump’s face edited onto the bouquet of yellow flowers that sits on the coffee table in front of Melania
Funny: Someone else posted an image of Kellyanne Conway on her knees on the couch alongside a picture from an episode of Seinfeld in which someone peed on Jerry’s new sofa
What a sight: Another meme shows Melania and Kellyanne sitting on the couch together with a blimp depicting Trump in a diaper between them
Brilliant: One Twitter user imagined Kellyanne adjusting the shoulder of Melania’s trench coat
Smile for the camera! Another shows the White House counselor leaning over to take the first lady’s photo with her phone
While many agreed that it was a bizarre photo to be shared in honor of someone’s birthday, the number of memes it has inspired has brought plenty of people of joy.
One clever Twitter user edited the photo to show Putin rubbing elbows with the first lady, a nod to the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Another imagined Kellyanne sitting with Melania, using a picture of the White House counselor kneeling on the couch in 2017.
The Twitter user posted an image of Kellyanne on her knees on the opposite end of the couch alongside a picture from an episode of Seinfeld in which Jerry is reeling after someone peed on his new sofa.
‘Well, the right side has been tarnished,’ the person captioned the images.
No Ross to her Rachel: Someone else Photoshopped Melania into a scene from Friends’ opening credits
Star Wars-inspired: Some Twitter users created elaborate scenes that were more comical than realistic
Made for the movies: Someone else was inspired by the movie Forest Gump when creating this meme
Loving it: People seemed to take delight in Photoshopping the image so Melania would have someone to sit next to
Couldn’t resist! One person Photoshopped himself into the picture of Melania
Added touch: In one doctored snapshot, Trump is wearing a white tank and eating pizza while sitting on the couch next to his wife
Say what? Even forlorn-looking Keanu Reeves makes an appearance in one of the memes
A similar meme shows Melania and Kellyanne sitting on the couch together with a blimp depicting Trump in a diaper between them.
The first lady’s husband has been doctored into quite a few memes, though the images are far from flattering.
In one Photoshopped snapshot, he is wearing a white tank and eating pizza while sitting on the couch next to his wife.
Another shows his faced edited onto the bouquet of yellow flowers that sits on the coffee table in front of Melania.
Someone else Photoshopped Melania into a scene from Friends’ opening credits, but instead of being surrounded by Rachel, Chandler, Ross, Monica, Joey, and Phoebe, she is alone on the couch.
Even forlorn-looking Keanu Reeves makes an appearance in one of the memes.
Celebration: Melania (pictured earlier this month) will spend her 49th birthday at a private dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and his wife Akie Abe in the White House
Annual meeting: The two couples enjoyed a visit at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, in April of last year
Trump has yet to post a birthday message to his wife on social media, though he did send out a mass email asking for one million signatures for her birthday card the day before.
‘We all know that Melania is an INCREDIBLE wife, mother, and First Lady. Help me show her how much the American people love her!’ he wrote.
Last year, Trump admitted during a call with Fox & Friends that he didn’t get his wife a birthday present because he didn’t have time.
‘I got her a beautiful card and some beautiful flowers,’ he said. ‘I’m very busy to be running out looking for presents, okay?’
There is no word if he has gotten her a present this year.
Melania will spend her 49th birthday at a private dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and his wife Akie Abe in the White House on Friday evening.
‘There will be a dinner celebration in the residence. The Abe’s will attend,’ Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s communications director, told DailyMail.com of Trump’s birthday plans.