US First Lady Melania Trump visits American school in Riyadh

US First Lady Melania Trump visits American school in Riyadh
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First lady Melania Trump chats with children as she visits American International School of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2017. (Reuters)
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Updated 21 May 2017

US First Lady Melania Trump visits American school in Riyadh

US First Lady Melania Trump visits American school in Riyadh

JEDDAH: The US first lady Sunday paid a visit to the American International School in Riyadh, greeting students and meeting with teachers as her husband holds bilateral meetings with GCC leaders.
Melania Trump was given a tour of the school alongside Saudi Education Minister Ahmed Al Eissa.
The first lady, who is in the country as part of Donald Trump’s first foreign trip, has been praised online for her elegant attire and chose to wear a beige trench coat style dress to attend the school tour.

As Melania engages in community outreach, her husband is attending the Saudi-GCC Summit, a key event on the calendar which will see leaders from the six Gulf nations discuss issues related to security and trade with the American president.


No-go for Joe Exotic: Donald Trump’s pardon list omits ‘Tiger King’

No-go for Joe Exotic: Donald Trump’s pardon list omits ‘Tiger King’
Updated 20 January 2021

No-go for Joe Exotic: Donald Trump’s pardon list omits ‘Tiger King’

No-go for Joe Exotic: Donald Trump’s pardon list omits ‘Tiger King’
  • Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal prison
OKLAHOMA CITY: One name missing in President Donald Trump’s flurry of pardons is “Tiger King” Joe Exotic.
His team was so confident in a pardon that they’d readied a celebratory limousine and a hair and wardrobe team to whisk away the zookeeper-turned-reality-TV-star, who is now serving a 22-year federal prison sentence in Texas. But he wasn’t on the list announced Wednesday morning.
Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal prison for violating federal wildlife laws and for his role in a failed murder-for-hire plot targeting his chief rival, Carole Baskin, who runs a rescue sanctuary for big cats in Florida. Baskin was not harmed.
Maldonado-Passage, who has maintained his innocence, was also sentenced for killing five tigers, selling tiger cubs and falsifying wildlife records. A jury convicted him in April 2019.
In his pardon application filed in September, Maldonado-Passage’s attorneys argued that he was “railroaded and betrayed” by others. Maldonado-Passage, 57, is scheduled to be released from custody in 2037, but his attorneys said in the application that “he will likely die in prison” because of health concerns.
Maldonado-Passage’s legal team did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Wednesday.
The blond mullet-wearing zookeeper, known for his expletive-laden rants on YouTube and a failed 2018 Oklahoma gubernatorial campaign, was prominently featured in the popular Netflix documentary “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.”