President Donald Trump continues to remind us of why we elected him in the first place.
Trump visited Saudi Arabia over the weekend, and with any major visit to a foreign country, Trump was lectured on how he should act.
According to reports, Trump was told not to do his signature thumbs up, which is seen as the equivalent of the middle finger in the Muslim kingdom.
“The thumbs up gesture is considered rude,” the handout read, which also discouraged talking about sex in public, being critical of the Royal family, displaying the bottom of one’s shoes or pointing directly at another person.
Taboos in Saudi Arabia. Last bullet point = Trump's signature gesture. pic.twitter.com/6vBCgMoquA
— Annie Karni (@anniekarni) May 20, 2017
Conservative Tribune reports:
The only problem is, the gesture isn’t exactly considered rude in the region, though it may have been previously and could still be so in certain regions and under particular circumstances, as was pointed out in the responses to the tweet.
Trump either missed receiving the warning to avoid giving the “thumbs up” or was better informed than the journalists, because he was spotted doing just that as he rode an escalator with the Saudi king shortly after arriving in Riyadh, according to the BBC.
Too bad for them, Trump didn’t care.
Trump flashed me a thumbs up as he rode the gold escalator up to his first overseas adventure. pic.twitter.com/3H9QZben7n
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) May 20, 2017
Even stranger, if the thumbs up is so bad in Saudi Arabia, why did King Abdullah use it in this photo?
If the thumbs up is rude in Saudi then King Abdullah's been giving some cheeky gestures on his foreign visits pic.twitter.com/LXHMuO4Cpp
— Loveday Morris (@LovedayM) May 20, 2017
I’m glad Trump ignored the silly handout and acted like a real human being. For years, fake and lifeless politicians like former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton represented this country.
With Trump, you can rest assured that you will get the real him, no matter what the occasion is.
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