AP

One of the primary reasons people are talking about Melania Trump's decision not to wear a headscarf in Saudi Arabia is because of Donald Trump's tweet.

In January 2015, Trump tweeted criticism of Michelle Obama for not wearing a headscarf during her trip to Saudi Arabia with then-President Obama. "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," he wrote, suggesting that Michelle's decision to forgo a headscarf was so controversial it would make an enemy of Saudi Arabia.

Today, Melania was noticeably not wearing a headscarf during his visit to Saudi Arabia with Trump, but there's no backlash from the president this time around. Perhaps because he realized that most Western women (including past First Ladies Obama and Hillary Clinton) have gone without the scarf, as head coverings aren't required for foreign visitors, AP points out.

Dress code:

While headscarves are the standard among Saudi women, the only dress code for female visitors to follow is wearing a loose, black robe known as an abaya, while in public. Melania followed that with a Western interpretation of the abaya — an all-black pantsuit.

Bottom line: Trump is still controlling the media narrative surrounding his Saudi Arabia trip, even without making public remarks. His controversial tweet from the past has reminded people of his hypocritical views on Western women, particularly the First Lady, wearing a headscarf in Saudi Arabia .

Go deeper

Ben Geman, author of Generate
12 mins ago - Energy & Environment

Oil's turbulent long-term future

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The oil sector is facing risks from all sides.

Why it matters: Risk in the industry is nothing new. But these are especially turbulent and uncertain times. The industry's market clout has waned, the future of demand is kind of a mystery, and future U.S. policy is too, just to name three.

Meadows on Wray's voter fraud dismissal: "He has a hard time finding emails in his own FBI"

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows dismissed FBI Director Chris Wray's testimony that the U.S. has never historically seen evidence of widespread voter fraud, including by mail, during an appearance on "CBS This Morning" on Friday.

Why it matters: Meadows' statement highlights the Trump administration's strategy to sow doubt in November's election results by challenging the legitimacy of mail-in ballots, which are expected to skew heavily in Democrats' favor.

The next cliff for the unemployed

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A program supporting Americans who are typically ineligible for unemployment benefits will expire at the end of the year, with millions still relying on it as the labor market sputters.

Why it matters: The result could be catastrophic for the economic recovery that Wall Street fears is already fragile.

Get Axios AM in your inbox

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!