Arriving on Saturday, Melania and Ivanka Trump didn’t cover their hair on their trip to Saudi Arabia.
Saudi’s Arabia Norms
Both of them ignored putting a headscarf which is essential in a Muslim country such as Saudi Arabia.
It goes without saying that Saudi Arabia is a very conservative kingdom. Covering in Islam refers to a modest presence and appearance.
However, Melania and Ivanka dressed in long sleeves and long trousers respecting the country’s norms.
Other women leaders in the world chose not to wear a headscarf when they visited the region. Leaders such as Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush as well as Theresa May and Angela Merkel.
The world’s reaction
When visiting Saudi Arabia, Former first lady Michelle Obama didn’t cover her hair as well. At the time, Trump was a normal man with no political goals.
“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 then tweeted.
However, many politicians agreed with the former first lady’s situation.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, posted on Facebook and said that the then-first lady is “standing up for women worldwide.”
“I think it’s perfectly tasteful and appropriate,” Christopher Davidson, Middle East politics expert, stated. “We’ve now had a number of prominent Western women who have visited Saudi in recent months, Angela Merkel and Theresa May. Neither of them covered their hair and they both wore trouser suits.”
Bow to the King, or not?
The Saudis were thrilled to welcome Trump at the airport on Saturday. The King gave him a warm welcome and hand shook his hands while planes flew over them with a red, white and blue trail.
On the one hand, some people, especially the conservatives, agreed with Trump for not bowing to King Abdullah.
On the other hand, some criticized Trump for bending down to take the Collar of Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honor, Abdulaziz Al Saud.