First lady and part-time Palm Beach resident Melania Trump opted to keep her head bare when she and President Donald Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday — a choice private citizen Donald Trump criticized in 2015.
The president’s daughter Ivanka Trump and other women in the U.S. delegation did not wear head coverings, either.
The Associated Press reports: “Under the kingdom’s strict dress code for women, Saudi women and most female visitors are required to wear a loose, black robe known as an abaya, in public. Most women in Saudi Arabia also cover their hair and face with a veil known as the niqab. But head coverings aren’t required for foreigners and most Western women go without.”
Donald Trump made head coverings an issue two years ago when former President Barack Obama visited Saudi Arabia and then-first lady Michelle Obama went bare-headed.
“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.
Today, Melania Trump’s official first lady Twitter account posted more pictures of her interacting bare-headed with traditionally clad Saudi women.