Melania Trump is the epitome of style (and independence) during this trip abroad

US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara stand during welcome ceremony in Tel Aviv, Monday, May 22,2017. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

It appears that first lady Melania Trump is showing the world that she’s her own woman as she accompanies her husband, President Trump, on his action-packed, nine-day trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican.

And she’s doing it in such style.

Monday morning, the first couple arrived in Tel Aviv and the first lady appeared impeccable in a fitted white skirt suit by Michael Kors. (It also appeared, as documented in several news reports, that the first lady swatted her husband’s hand away when he attempted to hold it after the two descended from Air Force One.)

FLOTUS was among the few women in the room during her husband’s speech to Muslim leaders Sunday. And she felt that occasion called for slacks. She chose a tailored  Dolce & Gabbana white suit,  slightly sheer black pussy-bow blouse, and Manolo Blahnik stilettos. There was absolutely nothing submissive about this ensemble.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus (left) and first lady Melania Trump wait for President Trump to deliver a speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit on Sunday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

During a visit to the American International School on Sunday, Melania Trump looked in control in a belted safari shirt dress from the Ralph Lauren Collection. The zebra-print pumps were quite the nice  touch.

First lady Melania Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

When the first couple arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, fashion observers noted two things: FLOTUS’ fantastic, yet demure Stella McCartney pantsuit — complete with disco style gold belt — and the fact that the first lady, and first daughter, Ivanka, chose not to cover their heads. That wouldn’t have been a big deal, according to the rules of modern first ladies (neither Michelle Obama nor Laura Bush covered their heads on Middle East trips), but Trump chastised Obama for making the same sartorial decision almost two years ago.

President Trump and  Melania Trump arrive at the Royal Terminal of King Khalid International Airport on Saturday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

That night she wore a fuchsia Reem Acra gown, complete with cape. This first lady takes monochrome looks to the next level.

I  should have known the first lady planned to make a splash with her fashion when she left the country in this Hervé Pierre orange leather skirt. This look is fire.

First lady Melania Trump departs the White House for Joint Base Andrews en route to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)