News outlets all over the world have now shifted their attention almost entirely on Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia. This comes after a tension-filled week where we saw FBI Director James Comey being fired, an event closely followed by an alleged leak of classified information in a meeting, held in the oval office last week.
In an elaborate coverage of how Trump was received in Riyadh, The New York Times reported that the President and his wife, Melania Trump, were received warmly by King Salman on a trim red carpet, moments after Air Force One touched Saudi Arabian Soil, Saturday morning.
There was much to talk about concerning their first appearance in Riyadh. One thing that has been pocketing attention over the past few hours is the fact that Melania Trump stood beside her husband with her hair uncovered- a sheer disrespect of Saudi Arabian culture, where all women are supposed to cover their heads in public. A simple veil would have instilled deferential meaning, considering the respect for formality upheld by Saudi Arabia.
On the same coverage of Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, the New York Times recalled of how President Trump criticized Michelle Obama for not wearing a headscarf during their visit here, back in 2015.
Reportedly, the two sides seemed very calm as they posed for photos before heading for a cup of coffee at a VIP terminal located inside the King Khalid International Airport. The departure of Trump’s armored vehicle from the Airport was met by an exuberant crowd lining the roads to catch a glimpse of the motorcade.
President Trump plans to hold meetings with recognized leaders in Riyadh including Muhammad bin Nayef, who visited him at the White House earlier this year. The agendas will touch mostly on curbing terrorism.
He has also scheduled a Twitter Forum with the youth. On their side, the Saudis plan to honor the President by giving him an honorary medal.
On Sunday, President Trump will deliver a speech to Muslim leaders from different regions of Saudi Arabia. His speech is expected to focus on nonviolence towards the followers of Islam Religion, especially back home, which is very uncharacteristic of the Trump we saw during the presidential campaigns.
The speech, prepared by President Trump himself during his flight to Riyadh, is expected to be the most important highlight of this 9-day visit. He is also accompanied by his daughter, Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner.