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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz they arrive on Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Michelle Obama did not wear a veil or head covering as she stood by the President’s side in Saudi Arabia paying respects after King Abdullah’s death.

Western women aren’t usually required to wear veils or head coverings in Saudi Arabia, but that didn’t stop the hashtag #Michelle_Obama_Immodest from trending in Arabic on Twitter, Politico reported.

In response the hashtag #Michelle_Obama_NotVeiled was created.

The First Lady did however bow to local custom and stood slightly behind her husband in the receiving line.

According to the Huffington Post, Mrs Obama was pictured grimacing several times during the four-hour visit, which saw some members of the all-male Saudi delegation shake her hand, while others simply nodded at her as they passed by.

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