US First Lady Melania Trump arrived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia without a headscarf — two years after now president Donald Trump criticised then First Lady Michelle Obama for not wearing a scarf when visiting the country.
Melania, who is accompanying her husband on his first foreign tour since he became president, was dressed conservatively in a black jump suit. Similarly First Daughter Ivanka Trump, who is also on the trip, wore a full length dress with full sleeves but also decided to forego the scarf.
Two years ago, when Michelle Obama accompanied her husband then President Barack Obama to King Abdullah’s funeral she chose not to cover her head. Donald Trump said she had ‘insulted’ her hosts when she did that.
“Many people are saying it was wonderful that Mrs Obama refused to wear a scarf in Saudi Arabia, but they were insulted.We have enough enemies,” Donald Trump said on Twitter in January 2015.
Saudi women are required by law to cover their head when they leave their homes. However, many visiting Western female dignitaries tend not to cover their heads when they visit the Kingdom. Earlier this year British PM Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel forewent the headscarves during their foreign tours to the Islamic Kingdom.
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