Melania Trump Forgoes Headscarf on Saudi Trip. Her Husband Criticized Michelle Obama for the Same

In 2015, Donald Trump said the Saudis were insulted then first lady Michelle Obama didn't cover her head

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U.S. first lady Melania Trump takes her seat next to Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as he welcomes her and U.S. President Donald Trump upon their arrival in Riyadh, May 20, 2017.
U.S. first lady Melania Trump takes her seat next to Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as he welcomes her and U.S. President Donald Trump upon their arrival in Riyadh, May 20, 2017.Credit: JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS

Melania Trump's decision not to wear a headscarf upon arrival in the Middle East is drawing attention on social media.

But her decision is consistent with custom for female foreign dignitaries visiting Saudi Arabia.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also shunned head coverings during visits this year, showing how common it is for high-level female visitors to skip wearing a headscarf or an abaya, the loose-fitting black robe worn by Saudi women.

President Donald Trump had criticized former first lady Michelle Obama for not wearing a head scarf during a January 2015 visit to Saudi Arabia with then-President Barack Obama.

Saudi Arabia is the first stop on Trump's first foreign trip as president.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Credit: AP

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