The president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, accompanied the president on his first foreign trip. The first stop: Saudi Arabia.
Ivanka Trump joined her stepmother, First Lady Melania Trump, in skipping a headscarf, which is not required of western women in Saudi Arabia. She was photographed in Saudi Arabia wearing a modest and lengthy black (some said Navy), patterned dress.
Donald Trump once tweeted criticism of Michelle Obama for not wearing a headscarf during a 2015 visit to Saudi Arabia, saying it had insulted the country’s leaders.
According to Arab News, Ivanka received praise from Saudi Arabians. “The hashtag #Trump’s_daughter, in Arabic, is the top trending hashtag in the country as Twitter fans heaped praise on the first daughter,” the news site reported. Others gushed over a mysterious “man in a red tie” who accompanied the delegation. Ivanka will participate in roundtable discussions on her own during the trip.
For her part, Melania Trump donned a black pantsuit with a wide gold belt as she accompanied her husband in Riyadh.
The Trumps are on an “eight-day, five-stop trek to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Israel, Rome, Brussels, and Sicily, returning to Washington, DC, on Saturday, May 27, 2017,” the White House announced.
In addition to Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, other high-level staff members have also accompanied the president on the foreign trip, such as aide Steve Bannon and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Various communication officials are also on the trip.
Ivanka also wore a patterned dress as she left Washington.
The trip comes as a new controversy swirls after a report in The Washington Post that a current White House official close to Trump is a “person of interest” in the probe into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election. The Post did not name the person of interest. However, it’s the first indication that the Russian probe is targeting a current official rather than past campaign officials with whom Trump has already parted ways.