Donald Trump’s mystery red hand blotches sparked speculation – including everything from a sexually transmitted disease to fall.
Trump’s hand markings were spotted as he left a New York City court, waving to crowds and cameras outside the courthouse. However most were distracted by the unusual bright red blemishes on the former president’s hand. The mystery marks can be seen on his index finger, thumb and near the palm of his right hand.
Despite Trump seeming unbothered by the red blotches, many were quick to draw their own conclusions of what could be happening- including suggestions of syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease that can cause red sores on a sufferer’s skin, however there is no actual evidence Trump has the disease.
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Democratic strategist James Carville claimed: “They don’t look like cuts to me” in his appearance on the Politicon podcast, claiming “a number” of unnamed doctors had supported theories the marks could be symptoms of a condition. However other medics offered a more simple theory, saying Trump, aged 77, could well have fallen.
Joshua Zeichner, an associate professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, told Business Insider Trump may simply have a rash that could be caused by a variety of factors, ranging from his golf club grip to dry hands. According to TMZ, sources close to the Trump campaign said the marks were simple caused by a paper cut, causing blood to spread around his hand.
Hours later, Trump appeared before crowds again without sign of the red marks. Again, on Thursday, Trump’s hands seemed clearer as he attended the funeral of his mother-in-law, Amalija Knav.
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Images of the family at the funeral led to much talk of the height difference between Trump and his 17-year-old son Barron. The teenager, getting ready to attend college, is now taller than both of his parents. In another photo, Barron is seen walking behind Donald Trump from the car to the church and is touching his father in seeming consolation.
After the funeral, the family exited the church, with Barron Trump standing in between his famous parents. The whole family had solemn expressions, with Melania’s usual stoic gaze unbroken.
Barron looks to be the tallest of the bunch, measuring in at 6 foot 7 inches – to his father’s already lanky 6 foot 3. Barron has maintained a close relationship to his grandparents, and often eats his grandmother’s eastern European cuisine.
In fact, Donald Trump said at a campaign rally just days ago in Des Moines, Iowa, that, “That’s how he got so tall, he only ate her food,” he said to laughs in the crowd. Trump also said that despite Barron’s height, the kid preferred soccer to basketball.
Trump then added: “I said you’re gonna be a basketball player. He said, ‘well, I like soccer dad, actually.’ But you can’t talk them into everything!” Trump laughed, adding that, “Barron was a special boy.”
Melania was close with her mother after she came to the US, and missed most of the holiday and New Years celebrations at Mar-a-lago caring for her mom.