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What Exactly Did Trump Just Do Before The Saudi King?

In 2009, conservatives criticized Obama for bowing in front of the Saudi king. Now, people are debating whether Trump did the same while receiving an award.

Posted on May 20, 2017, at 11:11 a.m. ET

When President Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday and met King Salman, Trump did not bow, shaking the king's hand instead.

Evan Vucci / AP

Conservatives praised the move, primarily due to the fact that when President Obama met the Saudi king in 2009, he greeted him by bowing (the Obama White House denied this, saying he was leaning over to shake his hand).

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Trump mocked Obama for it in 2012.

Do we still want a President who bows to the Saudis and lets OPEC rip us off? Make America strong, vote for @MittRomney.

On Saturday, many Trump supporters compared the two greetings and praised the current president for not bowing. (Many also celebrated First Lady Melania Trump for not wearing a head covering in the Islamic kingdom).

LOOK CAREFULLY at these two photos. The one on the RIGHT is a lesson in American exceptionalism: @FLOTUS no hijab,…

#PresidentTrump Arrives In Saudi Arabia NO Hijab For #Melania NO Bowing By #Trump #America Will NOT Submit

Unlike Obama, President Trump bows to no one!

Trump doesn't bow to Saudi King, unlike Obama. Liberals beyond triggered right now #ThreeWordTrump

To be clear, when First Lady Michelle Obama visited Saudi Arabia in 2015 she also did not cover her hair...

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Something Trump criticized her for at the time.

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

However, people are now wondering if Trump did, in fact, bow before the Saudi king later on Saturday. When the king presented him with Saudi Arabia's highest civilian honor, Trump did...something resembling a bow.

The King Abdul Aziz Collar, which was awarded to Trump for "his quest to enhance security and stability in the region and around the world," has also been given to Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister Theresa May, and Presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush.

After ducking down to allow the king to place the collar over his head, Trump bent down again for just a moment.


Here it is again:


Liberals jumped on the moment, saying Trump had bowed to receive the collar.

You can't even make this stuff up: Trump bows to receive a gold collar from Saudi royals.

Oh my.. Trump bowing to a foreign king?? But the right went nuts when Obama did. Where's the outrage deplorables?

Many criticized the lack of outrage from the right as hypocritical.

Bet he tweeted something attacking Obama for doing this.

Bowed? Waiting for right-wing outrage..... **crickets**

@realDonaldTrump bows to Muslims! What will #FOXNewsWorld think of this!?!

Quite a few people thought it looked like a curtsy.

Not even a bow. A curtsy. 😂😂😂

AND he dropped a deep curtsy. Hahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa 🤣

But some Trump supporters did defend the president.

It's called RESPECT receiving a HONOR from the Saudi KING! Is it fun looking like a MORON tweeting this kind of no…

Wow you are stupid. Trump is a good foot taller and younger than the Saudi. He bent to receive a medal. That was no…

  1. So, what do you think Trump was actually doing?

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So, what do you think Trump was actually doing?
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    He bowed.
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    He curtsied.
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    He bent his knee.
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    He was just bending over to receive the collar.
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    Something else entirely that I will explain in the comments.

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