It’s not uncommon for Donald Trump to contradict himself — and things are apparently no different when he’s in the Middle East.
After criticizing Michelle Obama’s decision not to wear a head scarf in Saudi Arabia back in 2015, the President appeared not to mind when the same choice was made by his wife (who eschewed the traditional look in favor of a head-sized gold belt).
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
He also criticized Barack Obama for bowing when greeting a Saudi King.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2012
And then he bowed. Just like Obama, and George Bush before him.
US Presidential Checklist:
1 Go to Kingdom
2 Bow to King
3 Get Medal pic.twitter.com/7altIujtP6
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) May 20, 2017
And, finally, Trump chided then-candidate Hillary Clinton for not having enough “stamina” to be the next POTUS when she was diagnosed with pneumonia and had to be helped into a car.
He then skipped an event on the second day of his first international trip due to “exhaustion.”
Indeed, Trump abruptly dropped out of speaking at a youth forum on combatting extremism on social media.
His daughter, Ivanka, filled in as a surprise guest — giving a three-minute speech during which she thanked the Saudi leaders for their warm welcome.
Trump’s tiredness was also used to explain why he mistakenly said “Islamic extremism” instead of the more politically correct “Islamist extremism” during a speech to Muslim leaders.
The former phrase is often found offensive because it is seen by Muslims as a sort of oxymoron — as many feel that anyone who performs terrorist acts is, inherently, not a true Muslim.
“Just an exhausted guy,” a senior White House official told reporters.
Even so, Trump did have enough energy to sign a $110 billion arms deal with the Saudi government — helping supply the nation’s war with Yemen, during which it has bombed schools, hospitals and civilian factories while causing widespread famine.
The arms deal sparked a high-five between policy advisor Jared Kushner and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster over what one White House aide described as “a lot of money. Big dollars. Big dollars.”
When reporters asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the President’s fatigue during a flight on Air Force One, Tillerson responded: “He’s doing better than I am. And he’s got a few years on me.”
So, our Secretary of State is more exhausted than our President, who misspeaks phrases he has written in front of him and was unable to make a three-minute speech about social media.
What a relief.