President Trump is in Saudi Arabia this Saturday, and on the occasion of his arrival in the country he was presented with the highest honor awarded to someone of his class; somewhat, perhaps like the American Congressional Medal of Honor.
According to the Associated Press, the Saudis cited Trump’s “quest to enhance security and stability in the region and around the world” in giving him the King Abdulaziz al Saud Collar.
While accepting this award, President Trump bowed somewhat. There really wasn’t any other option, seeing as the award was placed around Trump’s neck by the Saudi monarch.
There’s a catch, though. President Obama actually also “bowed” to the Saudi king during a visit in 2009, and at the time, the right — including Donald Trump himself — freaked out, painting the “bow” as some kind of evidence of Obama’s apparent plans to subvert American interests to those of other countries like Saudi Arabia.
On top of that, Trump has, quite frankly, always harbored animosity towards Islam, including in such contexts as the Muslim country of Saudi Arabia.
Thus, for Trump to bow, even slightly, while visiting the Saudi monarchy, while irrelevant when taken by itself, helps indicate just how shallow that Trump’s rhetoric has been all along.
Still, some of the most patently bizarrely off the edge allies of President Trump haven’t taken well to the idea of Trump bowing before the Saudi king, even though, taking the act solely by itself, it really doesn’t mean much of anything.
Check out Roger Stone’s noteworthy tweet on the subject below.