The “family photo” of 11 spouses of Nato heads of state or government in Brussels on 25 May 2017. The picture was taken by the official White House photographer and posted on the White House’s Facebook page on 27 May 2017.
Luxembourg’s first gentleman was apparently snubbed by the White House on social media.
On 27 May, the White House posted on its Facebook page a picture of Melania Trump, wife of the US president Donald Trump, posing with the spouses of nine other Nato heads of state or government, including the queen of Belgium and first ladies of France and Turkey.
However, as the Telegraph pointed out on Sunday, Destenay’s name was missing from the picture caption, while all the spouses were identified. “The post has since been edited on Facebook following widespread criticism and accusations of homophobia,” the British newspaper reported.
A screenshot of the post’s edit history captured by Delano staff on the morning of 29 May 2017
The page was updated Sunday evening, according to the post’s edit history. The White House also corrected the year in its written description from “2917” to “2017”.
Destenay, an architect, and Bettel, Luxembourg’s PM since 2013, married in May 2015. Bettel was the only openly gay leader to attend the summit.