Michelle Obama explains awkward gift exchange with Melania Trump on Inauguration Day

Former first lady Michelle Obama revealed the gift Melania Trump gave her on Inauguration Day and the awkward exchange that became an Internet meme.

In a sneak peek of Obama's interview on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the talk show host asked Obama about the moment when President Trump and his wife were greeted at the White House by Obama and her husband, former President Barack Obama, a year ago.

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“I think a lot of people have the same question. When the transfer was happening, there was a gift exchange?” DeGeneres asked.

“Oh, yeah,” Obama said, shaking her head. “The Tiffany box.” 

Pressed on what was in it, Obama said, "It was a lovely frame."

DeGeneres showed a clip of the exchange and mentioned Trump walking in front of Melania.

“He just leaves his wife behind and walks up there,” DeGeneres countered.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (L) and his wife Melania (3rd L) present a gift to U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama as the Trumps arrive for tea before the inauguration at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RC185816B880

Michelle Obama revealed Melania Trump gave her a frame.  (Reuters)

Obama explained there was protocol and, "They tell you, 'You’re going to do this and stand here.'"

The former first lady went on to explain the seemingly awkward gift exchange with Melania.

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Obama explained she was given the famous robin’s egg blue box and had no idea what to do with it.

"So, I’m sort of like, 'Okay, what am I supposed to do with this gift?' and everyone (staff) cleared out and no one took this gift,” the former first lady said.

She said she was thankful when her husband “saved the day” by taking the gift and placing it inside.

Obama's appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is slated to air on Thursday.