The beginning of a great bromance! Donald Trump was so happy to see his vice presidential running mate, Mike Pence, during the Republican National Convention that he gave him an air kiss! The awkward moment took place at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday, July 20.
Trump, 70, was in the audience on Wednesday night when Pence, 57, accepted the position as his VP nominee. He took the stage with Pence afterward and the men shook hands. Trump patted Pence on the back and gave an air smooch an inch away from the Indiana governor's forehead.
The affectionate greeting — although Pence seems oblivious to the gesture — caught the attention of viewers at home. "Meanwhile at Trump Headquarters: 'Who gave Donald the OK to air kiss Mike?!'" one person tweeted.
"It's official! Donald Trump and Mike Pence [plagiarized] Al and Tipper Gore with their air kiss tonight! #RNCinCLE," a second added, referring to Melania Trump's plagiarism controversy. Back in 2000, Al Gore made everyone cringe when he gave his wife, Tipper Gore, an exaggerated sloppy kiss at the Democratic National Convention.
Trump announced on Saturday that Pence would be standing by his side during the election. (The former Celebrity Apprentice alum was officially named the presidential nominee for the party on Tuesday.) During his address, Pence spoke about uniting the country.
"We will win because we are running on the issues facing this country, and because we are leveling with the American people about the stakes and the choice. The American people are tired of being told. They're tired of being told that this is as good as it gets," he said. "Donald Trump gets it. He's the genuine article. He is a doer in a game usually reserved for talkers. When Donald Trump does his talking, he doesn't tiptoe around the thousand new rules of political correctness. He is his own man. Distinctly American. And where else would an independent spirit like that find a following than in the land of the free and the home of the brave?"
The audience applauded Pence, and shouted: "We like Mike!"