White House spokesman Eric Schultz says First Lady Michelle Obama's fashion during a visit to Saudi Arabia was consistent with other first ladies, after she opted not to wear a head scarf. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) First Lady Michelle Obama's decision not to wear a head scarf during a recent trip to Saudi Arabia -- which observes a strict dress code -- was not unusual, the White House said on Wednesday (January 28). "The attire the First Lady wore on this trip was consistent with what first ladies in the past have worn, First Lady Laura Bush; what Secretary Clinton wore on her visits to Saudi Arabia; Chancellor Merkel on her visits to Saudi Arabia; and including other members of the United States delegation at the time," said White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz during the daily briefing to reporters. Images of the First Lady standing with her head uncovered in the presence of Saudi Arabia's King Salman have reportedly drawn both praise and criticism. One reporter addressed Republican Senator Ted Cruz's recent tweet, which read: "Kudos to FLOTUS for standing up for women and refusing to wear a Sharia- mandated head scarf in Saudi Arabia; nicely done." "Was that her intention to send that message?" the reporter asked. "I don't have a response to a tweet from Senator Ted Cruz. I will say that the first lady very much enjoyed her visit to both India and Saudi Arabia. She felt like she was warmly welcomed by the king there. They had a very good discussion that included catching up on their families, and also a new school that the king had built to help 60,000 women get educated," Schultz replied.