Melania skips the headscarf in Saudia Arabia

Aletha Wilkinson

Melania Trump covered up as she stepped off Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport in Saudi Arabia on Saturday — but not in the traditional Islamic way.

The first lady, following in predecessor Michelle Obama’s footsteps, opted to forgo a headscarf in the conservative country that is governed by Sharia law and expects women in public to be fully covered, including their heads.

Melania and Donald wave as they arrive in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Source: AP

Donald Trump was scathing when Michelle went bareheaded in 2015, tweeting that the locals were "insulted".

He has not mentioned headscarves this time around, and nor has Melania.

Donald's daughter Ivanka, a senior White House adviser who is along for the trip too, also left her head uncovered.

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, leaving for Saudi Arabia. Source: Getty

In Saudi Arabia, an ultraconservative interpretation of Islamic Shariah law applies. The laws mean that not only must women keep their heads covered, but men and women who are not related must be segregated in most public places.

Melania chats to Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef. Source: AP

Women are also banned from driving.

Melania leaving the White House for her trip. Source: Getty

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