Saudi Prince To Meet With Boeing, Lockheed Amid US Deal Making Spree

Saudi Prince To Meet With Boeing, Lockheed Amid US Deal Making Spree

Cheryl Sanders
March 20, 2018

The official also said Trump and top aides would seek more commercial deals for USA companies.

On March 20, he is scheduled to meet with Trump at the White House and visit with some members of Congress.

Mohammed bin Salman comes to the USA touting a vision for a new Saudi Arabia.

Now ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had become so angered by Kusher's calls to Saudi Arabia that he once reportedly exclaimed to his staff; 'Who is Secretary of State here?'

Longtime U.S. allies like the United Kingdom and South Korea have seen relations fray since President Donald Trump took office, but at least one nation sees its partnership growing tighter than ever: Saudi Arabia. First, given the internal and external challenges that the Saudi regime faces, possible future instability could lead to its nuclear assets falling into the wrong hands; one need look no further than Iran to find an example in which Washington's nuclear cooperation with its then-ally more than 50 years ago continues to haunt both the US and Israel today.

The visit comes as the United States and much of the West are still trying to figure out Prince Mohammed, better known by his initials MBS, whose sweeping program of social changes at home and increased Saudi assertiveness overseas has upended decades of traditional rule in Saudi Arabia.

But this trip can be seen too as the latest move in a worldwide public relations campaign to show a different face of Saudi Arabia. Trump has threatened to pull out of the agreement unless there are changes by May.

Traditional allies in London, Berlin and Ottawa have seen ties strained as the Republican president upends, or threatens to upend, historic trade and security agreements. Riyadh has stressed there can be no deal without Palestinian approval, and Trump has been assiduously ignoring the Palestinians, and refusing to put pressure on the Israelis.

Then the crown prince will take a cross-country tour with stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston, New York and Boston, speaking with executives from Disney (DIS), Alphabet (GOOGL)-unit Google and Apple (AAPL).

In an opinion column early this month in the New York Times, Thomas Friedman, writing in the form of an open letter to Trump, urged the president not to give in to Prince Mohammed's "bad impulses" as he seeks to modernize Saudi Arabia's 'economy and religious/social structure'.

That would follow a decision last week by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. They've cast themselves as essential partners against Islamist extremist groups and, especially since Trump's maiden overseas voyage previous year, touted their lavish purchases of high-tech goods from job-creating American companies.

Noting that Saudi Arabia recognises the importance the Trump Administration's place on South Asian Strategy, the official said that this is one of such initiatives where they offered to assist for example, funding for the Afghan national security forces.

"Bin Salman is blatantly using his trip to USA to pave his way to Saudi throne and apparently funneling hundreds of billions of dollars of the wealth of Saudi nation to the pockets of American arms industries has not been enough and he has to find a war around the background information recounting the role of current Saudi rulers in supporting terrorism and extremism".

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