Rabat – President Trump offered what many are describing as “embarrassing” welcome to Saudi Prince Mohamed bin Salman in the White House on Tuesday.
During the Oval Office meeting, rather on emphasizing US support for his for his “revolutionary” reforms and for its security, Trump insisted in what expects from the Saudis: share their nation’s wealth by continuing to purchase American-made weapons.
In other words, recycle the petrodollars that Saudi Arabia earns every day through the export of oil. “We are bringing back hundreds of billions of dollars into the United States. We understand that and they understand that,” said President Trump.
Afterward, the U.S President held two charts and started enumerating the deals Saudi Arabia signed with the United States, which range from ships to missile defense to planes and fighting vehicles. While doing so, Trump mentioned a deal worth $520 million and addressed his guest saying “that is peanuts for you.”
The Saudi Crown Prince, who looked embarrassed throughout the process, had no other choice but to smile at the President “joke.” Trump went to add that the military deals signed between the two countries will create 40,000 jobs in the United States.
During the meeting he held with the Saudi Crown Prince following the official reception in the Oval Office, the American President reemphasized what his administration expects from Saudi Arabia.
“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,” Trump said.
“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. “There’s nobody that even comes close to us in terms of technology and the quality of the equipment, and Saudi Arabia appreciates that.”