Why Ivanka, Melania Trump covered up in Rome but not Saudi Arabia

US First Lady Melania Trump visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia without a headscarf. PHOTO: REUTERS

US First Lady Melania Trump visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia without a headscarf. PHOTO: REUTERS

US First Lady Melania Trump raised eyebrows as she arrived at the Vatican on Wednesday to meet Pope Francis, wearing a veil which she chose to forego during her trip to Saudi Arabia.

Melania, who is accompanying Donald Trump on his first foreign tour since he became president, wore a long-sleeved Dolce & Gabbana black dress and a black veil, a tradition followed by several first ladies before her. Other women accompanying Melania, including Ivanka Trump, wore black dresses and veils.

There was some confusion, however, over why the first lady wore a veil at the Vatican while she didn’t wear a headscarf in Saudi Arabia.

Ahmed Al Omran

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Donald Trump and Melania Trump wave as they arrive in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 20. PHOTO: REUTERS

Donald Trump and Melania Trump wave as they arrive in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 20. PHOTO: REUTERS

Apparently Melania and Ivanka were forced to wear black abaya and veil in the Vatican (not Saudi Arabia)

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So basicly a headscarf in the middle east is a sign of submission but when visiting the pope it’s part of our culture?

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Ladies and Gentlemen, THIS is what hypocrisy looks like: Melania and Ivanka chose reverence for Western Christianity but not Muslim culture

Stephanie Grisham, a spokesperson for the first lady, said Melania’s decision to wear a black lace veil known as a mantilla followed Vatican protocol that women who have an audience with the pope must wear long sleeves, formal black clothing and a veil to cover their head. In Saudi Arabia, however, the government did not request that she wear a head covering, Grisham said, according to the Associated Press.

According to Rocco Palmo, editor of Whispers in the Loggia, a site on church news and politics, foreign dignitaries usually follow a dress code when visiting the Vatican, although that dress code started to relax under Pope Benedict XVI. He added that only Catholic queens and the princess of Monaco can wear white while meeting the pope. Over the years, Pope Francis has relaxed many rules his predecessors followed in terms of dressing. “It’s been part of his message of simplicity,” Palmo said.

Donald Trump and Melania Trump wave as they arrive in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 20. PHOTO: REUTERS

Donald Trump and Melania Trump wave as they arrive in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 20. PHOTO: REUTERS

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