Saudis Praise Melania, Ivanka Trump

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: May 22, 2017 2:30 PM
Saudis Praise Melania, Ivanka Trump

Saudi Arabian newspapers heaped praise on first lady Melania Trump and first daughter Ivanka Trump during the president’s first foreign trip to the Kingdom.

One paper praised Melania’s “classy, conservative and elegantly respectful” outfit.

Saudis were equally impressed with Ivanka. The hashtag #bintTrump, Arabic for “Trump’s daughter” was trending on Twitter in the Kingdom. She’s so popular, the president is often referred to as abu Ivanka, or Ivanka’s father.

Ivanka spoke at a women’s empowerment roundtable and the first lady visited an all-women General Electric service center.

“Saudi Arabia’s progress, especially in recent years, is very encouraging but there’s still a lot of work to be done and freedoms and opportunities to continue to fight for," Ivanka said at the roundtable.

“In every country around the world women and girls continue to face unique systematic, institutional, cultural barriers, which hinder us from fully engaging in and achieving true parity of opportunity within our communities," she continued. "Each of you know this to be true. And yet the stories of Saudi women, such as yourselves, catalyzing change, inspire me to believe in the possibility of global women’s empowerment.”