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Melania Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia without headscarf

Melania and Ivanka Trump both arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday without their heads covered, as required by law in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

The First Lady and First Daughter were both dressed modestly but neither wore a traditional headscarf.

Both made some concession to local sensitivities and wore almost entirely covered. Melania Trump wore a sleeved black robe with a gold belt, while Ivanka Trump wore a black-and-white dress with long sleeves.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz also shook Mrs Trump’s hand as she ascended from Air Force One in Riyadh.

This comes two years after Donald Trump criticised Michelle Obama for not doing the same thing, when Barack Obama visited the country.

Trump said that Michelle Obama had “insulted” Saudi Arabia by not covering her head.

“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 said on Twitter in January 2015 six month he announced to run for presidency.

Saudi requires women to cover up when they leave their homes. However, many Western female dignitaries tend not to cover their heads.  This includes former Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and Condoleeza Rice.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also did not wear headscarves during their visits earlier this year.

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