Donald Trump praises USA military sales in talks with Saudi crown prince
- Author: Tracy Klein Mar 22, 2018,
Mar 22, 2018, 1:16
During an interview with 60 Minutes, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accused Iran of hosting and supporting al-Qaeda leaders, including Osama Bin Laden's son, who is the new leader of the terrorist outfit.
The two leaders had already agreed on a plan for about USD200 billion worth of investments from the Saudi side into USA, which includes large puchases of military equipment from US.
During the meeting, a senior administration official said, the two leaders took up an array of thorny issues: Mr. Trump's coming decision on whether to rip up the Iran nuclear deal; Saudi Arabia's bitter dispute with its neighbor, Qatar; and the brutal civil war in Yemen, which has led lawmakers to propose a cutoff in American support for a Saudi-led bombing campaign that has killed thousands, New York Times reported. He says that Saudi Arabia is "working very hard" to cut off that funding. Thousands of American jobs will result, Trump said, even voicing approval for the crown prince's "tremendous" move previous year to push aside his older cousin to become first-in-line to his father King Salman's throne.
Trump was non-committal on the future of the Iranian nuclear deal.
While Iran playing some role in the September 11, 2001, attacks is possible, it is also widely known that 14 of the 19 al-Qaeda terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks were from Saudi Arabia.
The visit has got lot to do with aligning Saudi Arabia and USA strategically against Iran, he noted.
That same Yemen War, however, is driving Saudi arms purchases from the U.S. and United Kingdom, as constant airstrikes mean they're constantly needing to buy more bombs and other equipment.
The body language of President Trump was of a successful businessman when he said, "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".
"We'll see what happens", Trump said. King Salman is slated to visit the United States later this year.
"That's why we are here today, to be sure that we've tackled all the opportunities and achieve it, and also get rid of all the threats facing our both countries and the whole world", he added. Saudi Arabia, a decades-long USA ally, felt neglected by president Barack Obama's pursuit of a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, Riyadh's regional rival.
The resolution - which was sponsored by a bipartisan group of senators - went against the wishes of President Donald Trump, who has expressed nothing but enthusiastic support for Saudi Arabia, remaining silent when it the Gulf kingdom's human rights violations and the war in Yemen. This will help the arms market of United States to grow and creation of new jobs in US.