Trump asks to share Saudi Arabia's wealth through weapons deals

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His ambitious bid to remake Saudi Arabia received a ringing endorsement Tuesday from President Donald Trump as the future leader opened a marathon tour of the United States.

As recently as last week a United Nations rights watchdog called on Saudi Arabia to end discriminatory practices against women and give them full access to justice.

Qassemi reportedly said bin Salman proved to be "an amateurish and mistaken liar" for his comments and stated his belief that his words show he is not familiar with Saudi Arabia's history and culture.

Just as the architect of the Yemen war, bin Salman, has arrived in America, a bipartisan group of senators are trying to extricate the United States from Saudi Arabia's military campaign in Yemen.

"I would really have to say the relationship was, to put it mildly, the relationship was very, very strained during the Obama administration", Mr. Trump said.

"Your significant amounts of humanitarian aid is critical to help the innocent caught up in this conflict (and) we applaud you for that", he told the crown prince.

He's expected to speak to Trump about the effort - and discuss the countries' common enemy, Iran - as well as seek out American investors in hubs like NY and Silicon Valley.

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". One bill in Congress proposes scaling back U.S. military assistance to a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen. He is likely to rule for many decades if he succeeds his father.

US-Saudi alliance stronger than ever after an agreement to invest $400 Billion instead of $200 Billion.


The crown prince oversaw the invasion of Yemen as defense minister in 2015.

"There's nobody even close, as I said before, when it comes to the missiles and the planes and all of the military equipment", Trump said. The United States, adds fuel to the fire so that the crisis remains in Yemen and rift becomes wider between Riyadh and Teheran.

"It is better for a country which has been brought to its knees after three years of committing war crimes against the besieged and defenseless Yemeni people not to talk about its army and economy and be happy with buying "beautiful" weapons and the remain importer of security and be silent in the face of a powerful country like Iran", the Iranian Foreign Ministry said as cited by The Tehran Times.

Although the USA has welcomed MBS's determination to purge pervasive corruption in Saudi Arabia, including by royals, the Trump administration hasn't endorsed his tactics. Stock exchanges in NY and elsewhere are vying for the global listing of Aramco, the Saudi oil behemoth expected to go public soon.

"But Iran has not been treating that part of the world or the world itself appropriately", he said.

Trump said that the Saudis were "also footing a big part of the bill for defense" in "the whole Middle East" but made clear that he expects Riyadh to do more.Referring to the almost completed battlefield defeat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Trump said that US involvement was "coming to an end in that part of the world".

During his week-long stay in Washington, bin Salman will reportedly hold talks with senior administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, national security adviser H.R. McMaster, and Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.