No Headscarf for Melania, Ivanka Despite Trump Tweet

'They were insulted. We have enuf enemies'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2017 11:50 AM CDT
First lady Melania Trump talks with Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef during a ceremony to present The Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud Medal to President Donald Trump, at the Royal Court Palace, Saturday,...   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Neither Melania nor Ivanka Trump wore a headscarf after arriving in Saudi Arabia for President Trump's first trip abroad, the BBC reports. In fact, none of the women in the president's entourage wore one. It turns out that while sharia law requires Saudi women to wear a headscarf, Western visitors not wearing one isn't a big deal. So, as USA Today puts it: "None of this would be an issue, except for the fact that President Trump himself made it one."

In 2015 during one of President Obama's visits to Saudi Arabia, Trump tweeted: "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." It appears he's changed his opinion on the matter. (Read more headscarves stories.)

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