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This Writer Has A Theory For Why Saudi Arabia Loves Melania Trump

As President Donald Trump continues his overseas trip, there has been one clear takeaway from the early part of the trip. First Lady Melania Trump has been a huge hit overseas, and it certainly seems like she’s making a fantastic impression on world leaders. While that could simply because FLOTUS presents herself quite well, some theories have been making the rounds about why that is. Is it because she’s so attractive? Maybe because she’s so stylishly dressed? Does she simply represent the office of the First Lady quite well?

According to CNN contributor Anushay Hossain, there’s other reasons at play here - at least for the Saudi Arabia portion of the trip. As Hossain sees it, Melania fits right in over in Saudi Arabia for a few different cultural reasons.

“Her intense appeal makes sense, considering the first lady represents so much that Saudi citizens find familiar and can relate to, especially visually. Melania walks behind her husband, is quiet and reserved, does not make obvious demands (at least not ones we can hear), and most importantly, she looks beautiful and polished,” she writes.

That would have been a good enough explanation of her theory, but Hossain wasn’t done yet.

“After all, how the Saudi government likes women to behave is similar to how Donald Trump has said he likes women to behave. And they both prefer women to look pretty in pictures, rather than hold actual positions of power,” she continued.

Ok then. So we’ll go from giving Melania some backhanded compliments for fitting right in to downright insulting the First Lady of the United States as some sort of object or possession? While Hossain is certainly entitled to her opinions, that makes it a little tough to digest while attempting to take her point seriously.

The article continues by walking through Melania’s decision to appear in public sans headscarf. While that’s a societal norm for ladies in the region, FLOTUS decided to make a different statement - or perhaps she simply didn’t want to wear one. Either way, it’s not as gigantic of a deal as it’s being made out to be, but Hossain wasn’t quite through ripping Melania just yet.

“The headscarf should be the least of the Trump family's worries, because the Saudi press have embraced Melania (and to a related but lesser extent, Ivanka) for basically doing for the kingdom what they do for Donald Trump: Provide the perfect cover for misogyny and tyranny by being beautiful, poised and often silent,” Hossain writes.

Source: CNN
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