'Your are beyond the Crown Prince,' Trump praises wealthy Mohammad Bin Salman

Trump hails Saudi 'friendship' in meeting with bin Salman

"Three billion dollars, 533... million dollars, 525... million dollars", Trump said as he pointed at the pictures.

Speaking in English, Prince Mohammed is pointing out significant Saudi investments in the U.S.

Prince Mohammed capped his rapid rise to power last June by replacing his elder cousin Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who had close relationships with United States intelligence and defence circles, as crown prince.

Saudi Arabia's crown prince is promoting himself as a social and an economic reformer, reinventing his kingdom for the modern era.

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. "And Saudi Arabia appreciates that", he said, adding that they have done tests of everything.

Trump and MBS - as he is known in Washington's corridors of power - have seen eye-to-eye on concerns about Iran's military activism, Middle East peace, relaxing Saudi Arabia's deeply conservative laws and over their love for big ticket mega-investments.

Saudi Arabia has opposed the deal since it was signed in 2015 by Iran and five world powers, saying it did not go far enough to curb Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

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.

"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", he stated.

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

"This is a signal that there (are) a lot of things (that) could be tackled in the close future and more opportunities".

Trump gave a warm welcome at White House to the powerful Crown Prince and credited United States defence sales to the Saudis boosting American jobs.

In May a year ago, US President Donald Trump, in his first visit overseas, travelled to Saudi Arabia where Riyadh organised a Muslim states Summit attended by over fifty heads of States.

Another point of friction is the war in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia leads a coalition fighting the Iran-backed Huthi rebels.

Images of the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen prompted Trump past year to issue a rare rebuke of Saudi policy, urging the kingdom to lift a blockade on the civil war-wracked country "immediately".

After meeting Trump, bin Salman's two-week visit to the U.S.is scheduled to include meetings with other senior officials, including Defense Secretary James Mattis and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. On a visit to Riyadh the next month, Tillerson also criticized the Saudi's for their involvement in Lebanon, and for leading a blockade on fellow Gulf kingdom, Qatar.

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