U.S. diplomat in Saudi Arabia goes native for Ramadan

U.S. diplomat in Saudi Arabia goes native for Ramadan
(Image: Screen grab of Mike Hankey/U.S.. Consul General video via Twitter)

This one will probably only take you seven seconds to form an opinion of.

Call him “Mike of Arabia.”  U.S. Consul General Mike Hankey, who represents America in the U.S. consulate in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, posted a video with Ramadan greetings to the host country on Sunday, marking the beginning of Islam’s holy month.

Arranged in front of some apparent Ramadan decorations were Hankey and his two sons — all three wearing traditional Saudi Arabian garb.

Several sites have noted that the video has a “glaring omission.”  Mrs. Hankey is nowhere to be seen.  (See the State Department bio; it says she is in Saudi Arabia with Hankey.)

Before taking up his post in Dhahran in July 2014, Hankey was reportedly “Senior Advisor for the Bureau of International Information Programs in Washington, where he led media outreach to promote President Obama’s top international priorities.”

U.S. Ambassador Joseph Westphal did wear traditional American clothing, and did include his wife, in his video greeting for Ramadan.


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