It has been noted that neither First Lady Melania Trump, nor the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, wore headscarves as they joined President Trump on his first visit to Saudi Arabia Saturday.
The country requires local women to cover themselves in public, but it is not uncommon for visiting female dignataries to go without a head covering.
However, the media is making a big issue of it, due to the fact that Trump once criticized Michelle Obama for not wearing a headscarf when she visited the country, fearful that the move would insult the Saudis.
“Many people are saying it was wonderful that Mrs. Obama refused to wear a scarf in Saudi Arabia, but they were insulted. We have enuf enemies,” Trump tweeted in January 2015.
Many people are saying it was wonderful that Mrs. Obama refused to wear a scarf in Saudi Arabia, but they were insulted.We have enuf enemies
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2015
It was noted that Hillary Clinton did not wear a headscarf when she visited Saudi Arabia in 2012, as secretary of state, and neither UK Prime Minister Theresa May nor German Chancellor Angela Merkel wore a head covering during their recent visits to the country.
Even though their heads were uncovered, both Melania and Ivanka were wearing outfits that covered their arms and legs.
President Trump also did not bow to the Saudi King, as Obama did in April 2009, shortly after he was elected president.
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