The White House on Saturday omitted — and since put in place — the name of the same-sex spouse of the prime minister of Luxembourg from the caption of a photo of NATO first spouses taken during President Trump’s overseas.
The initial caption for the photo, as seen in the edit history on Facebook, declined to identify Gauthier Destenay — the spouse of Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel — even though he’s among the 10 first spouses seen in the photo, including first lady Melania Trump.
Destenay is the only spouse whose name was omitted. The caption also incorrectly identified the first lady of France as Brigitte Trogneux, not her correct name Brigitte Macron, and says the photo was taken as May 25, 2917.
After the omission received attention, including a blog post from the Daily Beast, Destenay’s name was added to the caption. The erroneous name for the first lady of France and date for the photo were still included in the caption at the time of this posting.
Stephanie Grisham, a White House spokesperson, said she’s sure the omission of Destenay’s name “was an oversight” and she informed the photo office of the error.
“Thousands of photos were taken over the course of a very big, very busy international trip,” Grisham said.
The White House omits Destenay’s name from the caption of the photo after his presence among the first spouses during the photo shoot inspired positive buzz on social media.
Destenay, an architect, married Bettel two years ago. According to the Daily Beast, Bettel is the first prime minster from a European Union country to marry a same-sex partner while serving in the role.
Trump campaigned in 2016 in opposition to same-sex marriage, but said soon after his election he’s “fine” with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality nationwide and thinks the matter is “settled.”