President Trump has recently come into some new controversy over Melania Trump and what she has worn overseas. Melania chose not to wear the traditional clothing Saudi Arabian women are required to wear every day. Saudi Arabian nationals are expected to wear hijabs or different variation of hijabs, while Melania was not required by law to wear a hijab. When the White House was asked why Melania choose not to wear a headscarf they responded simply that she was not required to wear one, according to an article published by CNN. In addition Melania chose to follow the dress code per say when visiting the Pope in Vatican City. She wore a black loose fitting dresses and veils. It is required by the Vatican to wear such ensembles according to the first lady’s communications director Stephanie Grisham. “Per Vatican protocol, women who have an audience with the Pope are required to wear long sleeves, formal black clothing, and a veil to cover the head,” she told USA TODAY in an emailed statement. There has been additional criticism on the President due to the fact he spoke up about Michelle Obama making the same choice in not wearing a hijab in a 2015 trip to Saudi Arabia. In 2015 he 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 [sic] enemies.” While it is important to protest the idea of archaic oppression in Middle East society demonstrated by both Michelle Obama and Melania Trump, critics are saying President Trump has been inconsistent in his standard for women’s fashion in the retrospect of other cultures and traditions.
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