Trump Touts Arms Sales To Saudi Crown Prince, Discusses Iran

Mr. Trump said the Iran deal, which he is threatening to rip up by a congressional May 12 deadline, was a key item on their agenda.

Kushner, who had been tasked with bringing about a deal between Israel and Palestine, was particularly engaged by information about the Middle East, according to a former White House official and a former US intelligence professional.

Lawmakers have sharply criticized the war Saudi Arabia has waged with USA support over the past several years in Yemen, in which at least 1,000 civilians have been killed in bombing attacks. Sen.

Neither Mr. Trump nor his guest mentioned Yemen or the humanitarian crisis there to reporters, instead focusing on the huge increase in military hardware that Saudi Arabia is purchasing from the USA, and the boon to the US economy.

Making friends President Donald Trump meets Prince Mohammed bin Salman in March last year months before he became Crown Prince
Making friends President Donald Trump meets Prince Mohammed bin Salman in March last year months before he became Crown Prince

Trump Taking advantage of US-Saudi alliance to solve the Gulf crisis with Qatar.

. "The deal is coming up in one month, and you will see what happens".

Vice President Mike Pence and H.R. McMaster, the president's national security adviser, planned dinners in Mohammed's honor, as did the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Khalid bin Salman, the crown prince's brother.

"Your father made a very wise decision", Trump said.

Mohammed Bin Salman, also popularly called MBS, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia in his current visit to the United States has been on a shopping spree for arms and ammunition.

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The crown prince, in a rare foray into speaking English, said on Tuesday 20 March, 2018, that the Saudi pledge for $200 billion in investments would end up at $400 billion when fully implemented.

Prince Mohammed later met with Republican Senators Dan Sullivan, Tom Cotton, and Lindsey Graham, along with Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, in talks which the Saudi embassy said showed the "multidimensional" nature of the kingdom's relations with the US. "Saudi Arabia is a very wealthy nation and they're going to give the United States some of that wealth, hopefully, in the form of jobs, in the form of the purchase of the finest military equipment anywhere in the world", The Guardian quoted Donald Trump as saying.

Through these visits, United States and Saudi administrations' visions became evidently compatible on both political and economic aspects. "Iran has not been treating that part of the world, or the world itself, appropriately".

Crown Prince Mohammed spearheaded the invasion of Yemen shortly after being named minister of Defense in 2015.

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The 32-year-old crown prince also has big economic plans, and over three weeks in the U.S. he will meet businessmen in NY, tech mavens from Google and Apple San Francisco, and entertainment bigwigs in Los Angeles.

In his talks with the prince, Trump urged his guest to use some of his country's oil wealth to support the U.S. economy through the purchase of goods and military hardware. The crown prince is turning "Saudi Arabia into a normal country in which normal people lead normal lives", Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters ahead of the visit.

It's not the only regional mess the Saudis are in.

Saudi concerns with NY include a post-9/11 law that could jeopardize assets in the United States if victims' families claim Saudi Arabia helped the al-Qaida attackers and sue for compensation.

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The fact that the Crown Prince chose to highlight the Iran issue during his interview with CBS's 60 Minutes programme, where he warned Saudi would seek nuclear weapons if Iran developed its own capability, will not have been lost on his American hosts. Last week, Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, an advocate of staying in the accord, choosing Mike Pompeo, the current Central Intelligence Agency director and nuclear deal critic, as a replacement.