Donald Trump arrived in a country Saturday where women must secure a male guardian’s permission to get a passport, go to college and travel, are forbidden from driving and can’t eat in certain restaurants.
But the new American president, unlike his predecessors, is not expected to push the issue of human rights while on his two-day trip to Saudi Arabia despite the urging of some in the country.
“If he’s okay with human rights abuses, with the fact that women can’t drive, with the male guardianship system, with all the issues that we have in Saudi Arabia then that really shows the type of leadership that he represents,” said Eman al Hafjan, 36, a Riyadh resident who helped organize a demonstration of women driving cars in 2013.
President Donald Trump began his nine-day maiden foreign trip Saturday in Saudi Arabia. He’ll also travel to Israel and the West Bank, the Vatican, Belgium and Sicily.
As a candidate, Trump frequently criticized Saudi Arabia for its treatment of women and gays, but in recent months he’s offered praise for Saudi leaders, as well as for other regimes around the globe with poor human rights…
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