Trump meets Saudi Crown Prince MBS, sells weapons

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Top Photo | President Donald Trump shows a chart highlighting arms sales to Saudi Arabia during a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Washington.

In the Oval Office, Trump and the crown prince praised the strength of US-Saudi ties, which had grown strained under the Obama administration in part over differing views toward Riyadh's regional rival, Iran.

Kushner and White House envoy Jared Greenblatt, who are drafting Trump's long-awaited Mideast peace plan, will also join the crown prince for dinner, the Saudi Embassy in Washington said.

At the White House, Trump repeated his description of the Iran nuclear deal, negotiated by Obama, as the "worst deal ever". Yemen is the latest such example where USA forces provide logistical and intelligence support to a Saudi-led coalition of largely Gulf nations fighting to oust Houthi rebels from what was already the Arab world's poorest nation before the conflict began.

Trump's focus on Saudi purchases of USA military equipment came amid a bipartisan effort to limit the United States' role in Yemen's civil war and protests in several US cities over the Saudi-led invasion, which has contributed to a humanitarian crisis. Trump said the military sales contributed to the creation of 40,000 American jobs.

Journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce, despite all the hardships we still do it, because we believe our perspective matters - because it might well be your perspective, too. Earlier this week the Senate debated and then shelved a resolution calling for an end to USA support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

The visit to Silicon Valley is one of the most important visits of the Crown Prince, with reports suggesting a possible meeting between the Crown Prince and Google and Apple officials. "Iran has not been treating that part of the world, or the world itself, appropriately".

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday implored Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince to share his nation's wealth by continuing to purchase American-made weapons.

Protests that erupted on December 28, and have continued throughout various cities in Iran, were directed in large part against the Iranian regime's constant use of money to fund terrorism and wars throughout the Middle East while everyday Iranians are starving and struggling to make ends meet. In Yemen, the Kingdom says it is improving military targeting, opening up ports and pledging $1.5 billion in new aid.

Though the prince has won Western plaudits for seeking to ease Saudi Arabia's reliance on oil, tackle chronic corruption and reform the conservative kingdom, the severity and secrecy of an anti-corruption crackdown last November has unnerved some investors.

He explained that it was the Brotherhood that defended Islam against attacks from the West as well onslaughts from Nasserism and Baathism and that "were it not for the help of God neither Saudi Arabia nor the Gulf would survive".

Asked whether he was prepared to pull the United States out of the deal, Trump said "we're going to see what happens".

Both Trump and Saudi Arabia have been critical of the Iran denuclearization deal signed between Iran and other world powers in 2015.

"We certainly would encourage the parties to sit down together and address these differences", Tillerson said last June in Sydney.

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