Saudis Give Melania Trump A Pass on Wearing Hijab

In the era of President Donald Trump, old habits are assuredly not dying hard, as the unconventional leader of the free world continues to rack up political firsts.

Obviously, there has been federal friction because of this, with the Washington elite and their special interest goons bearing the brunt of the Commander in Chief’s assertive freedom.  Many lawmakers, who are deep into the lobbyist conundrum, are publicly scratching their heads and privately cursing the President who is out to rock the boat.

Yet another example of this President’s unique stature is how foreign powers are reacting to his rein.  On one hand, you have the likes of Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un ratcheting up their abrasive rhetoric in hopes of rattling the newly-minted President.  Putin, in particular, has been a tough nut to crack, as he has played the role of self-righteous reactionary in regards to both Syria and North Korea, seemingly defending both of these rogue nations.

On the other hand, however, you have world leaders who are taking a good, hard look at the quirks of Donald Trump’s presidency, and seeing a refreshing realism.  Trump is no career politician, nor do you get the impression that he has any ambition to become one.  Trump exudes an attitude of “I can help you”, and his political career has always felt like a well-mapped business plan;  get in, fix things, get out.

There seems to be quite a bit of mutual admiration out on the world stage for The Donald, and in Saudi Arabia, that respect extends to First Lady Melania Trump this week.

“America’s first lady has not been ‘ordered’ to dress conservatively in Saudi Arabia, the country chosen by her husband as his first official overseas destination. Along with meetings on the US president’s itinerary, there will also reportedly be time for entertainment in the lavish Arab kingdom.

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“While the choice of the first country to be visited by Trump as America’s 45th president has been widely discussed in the media, a question has arisen whether there is a chance to see the US president’s wife covered in a traditionally strict Muslim attire.

“Women in Saudi Arabia, including foreign visitors, are typically expected to wear a floor length dress – abaya, and a head scarf. However, when asked whether the US first lady would have to dress accordingly, a Saudi Arabia official said Riyadh ‘usually doesn’t demand’ a specific dress-code, but rather ‘accepts suggestions.’

“‘We welcome any style in clothing,’ Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir told the media on Thursday, as cited by RIA Novosti.”

Famously, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sported a hijab during her time in Saudi Arabia, likely at the behest of her hosts.

Yet again, we are seeing a softening of attitudes as it pertains to Trump and his presidency from all corners of the globe.  America may have a slight reputation issues, particularly in the Middle East, but Saudi Arabia seems to get it, and that is a reassuring piece of the global puzzle.

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