It’s being reported that First Lady Melania Trump will not be asked to wear a head scarf during her visit to Saudi Arabia this week. Great! She won’t be like other First Ladies (see photos below) and others who have succumbed to the head scarf.
Russia Today reported:
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.
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.”
Past First Ladies and American dignitaries have worn a headscarf while visiting Muslim countries:
Hillary Clinton and Valerie Jarrett: