[ by Charles Cameron — media keeps wildly guessing re matters of protocol ]
Trump flashed me a thumbs up as he rode the gold escalator up to his first overseas adventure. pic.twitter.com/PZCmb3JCC4
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) May 20, 2017
According to guidance for Saudi provided to WH press corps: "The thumbs up gesture is considered rude." https://t.co/ybWcrBTCup
— Carol Lee (@carolelee) May 20, 2017
Ah, well, no one can say Trump is not sensitive:
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 enemies
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2015
Melania is not wearing any veil. pic.twitter.com/25QwgPgAHC
— Eddie Du (@Edourdoo) May 20, 2017
And then again:
— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) May 20, 2017
@AP Michelle Obama, Laura Bush,Hilary Clinton,Angela Merkel,Condi Rice are just a short list of powerful women who DID NOT wear a head scarf!
— Jane (@txgforever) May 20, 2017
— Bryan W. Van Norden (@BryanVanNorden) May 20, 2017
Nope, he was bending to receive a medal around his neck.
So far so good — nobody seems to know what’s what, but ni disasters have been spotted. . The first major test is yet to come. As the Washington Post puts it, Trump campaigned against Muslims, but will preach tolerance in Saudi speech.
That will be quite a trick — but not impossible if his speech writer has been reading Will McCants.
And I suspect Melania is the President’s trump card in all this..
Oh, and now this, for good measure:
Not true at all that the thumbs-up is rude in the Middle East. Banning Muslims and saying "Islam hates us" is a different story. https://t.co/USB7PPN6Mh
— DavidKenner (@DavidKenner) May 20, 2017
I’m reminded of roulette..