Trump says will meet with Putin 'in the not too distant future'

Mar 21, 2018, 03:35
Trump says will meet with Putin 'in the not too distant future'

Soaking in Trump's plaudits in the Oval Office, Prince Mohammed said little and left most of the talking to his host, who offered an optimistic forecast of lucrative USA arms sales to the kingdom and more Saudi investment in the United States. Kushner, on the other hand, has been ensnared in considerable drama inside the White House and lost some of his standing because of an inability to secure a permanent security clearance.

Iran's influence in the Middle East is one topic that was discussed.

Trump boasted about the USA $700 billion military budget and said Saudi Arabia is "footing a big part of the bill for defense, the whole middle east, and we know what's happened in the Middle East and it has not been a pretty picture for the United States". "The Kingdom has implemented around 50 percent of its economic agreements with the USA", the Crown Prince said, highlighting: "We are the oldest ally of the United States in the Middle East".

Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the chamber's Foreign Relations Committee, said senators questioned the crown prince closely about Yemen during a meeting with him on Tuesday. "The Crown Prince's multi-city tour will lay the groundwork for King Salman's visit to the United States later this year".

Trump and MBS will meet in the Oval Office on Tuesday and then sit down for a working lunch at the White House.

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.

But MBS's plan to attract foreign investors could run into challenges. "We believe that the opportunities are huge", he said. The standoff continues, with leaders in Qatar claiming the accusations are groundless.

He recalled counterterrorism agreements made with Islamic nations during his visit last May to Saudi Arabia and said "the relationship is probably stronger than it's ever been". 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.

The prince was also due to have dinner with Jared Kushner, Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, along with Jason Greenblatt, the two point men in the Trump administration overseeing Middle East peace efforts.

Salman is typically seen as a reformer seeking to modernize Saudi Arabia's repressive government. In November, the crown prince impressed more than 200 members of this ruling class inside the confines of the Ritz Carlton hotel in Riyadh, charging each with corruption. Stock exchanges in NY and elsewhere are vying for the global listing of Aramco, the Saudi oil behemoth expected to go public soon.

During three weeks in the US, the 32-year-old crown prince will also meet with businessmen in NY, tech mavens in San Francisco and entertainment bigwigs in Los Angeles.

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