President Trump visits Saudi Arabia and is greeted by the king the same way Obama was greeted. How the king was greeted back is another story…
The bow heard ’round the world. Americans put up with 8 years of having a president who projected weakness on a global scale, but never more so than when he was relating with the Muslim world.
From Fox News:
President Trump upon arriving in Saudi Arabia on Saturday did not bow to the Gulf leader as former President Barack Obama appeared to do — a move interpreted as American weakness.
In 2009, Obama appeared to bow to then-Saudi leader King Abdullah at a G-20 summit in London.
Videos show Obama bending at the waist toward the king. The White House at the time purportedly denied that the president had bowed, with a source saying Obama was taller than the king, so he had to lean.
Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia marks the start to his nine-day, overseas tour that will also take him to Israel and Europe. The international trip is Trump’s first since taking office in January.
Trump was greeted at the Saudi airport with an elaborate ceremony, punctuated by a military flyover and a handshake from Saudi King Salman.
First lady Melania Trump wore a black pantsuit with a golden belt and did not cover her head for the arrival, consistent with custom for foreign dignitaries visiting Saudi Arabia.
The 81-year-old King Salman greeted Trump at the airport. The two leaders exchanged pleasantries and Trump said it was “a great honor” to be there.
Here’s the video of the exchange.
I’m not saying America should have a chauvinistic attitude toward any nation, but our president shouldn’t project weakness either. Ever.
It’s a new day for American Exceptionalism.