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Trump and Prince Mohammed discussed an agreement a year ago for $200 billion worth of Saudi investments with the United States, including large purchases of U.S. military equipment. He noted the economic impact of such policies on jobs and sales in America.

Henzel continued that Trump expressed the United States concerns towards the Iranian attitude that seeks to harm security in the Middle East.

For all his taboo-busting changes at home and risky moves in the Middle East, Prince Mohammed is still a mystery to the United States and much of the West.

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According to media reports, both leaders stressed the strength and potential of Saudi-US ties before sitting down for talks with their officials where the President remarked on the improved relations with Saudi Arabia forged under his administration. Tremendous investments made in our country.

But an all-out PR campaign created to burnish the crown prince's image, and declarations that "relations have never been better", mask several problems that could spoil the honeymoon.

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.

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The prince earlier visited the Capitol to meet with top congressional leaders, many of whom raised concerns over the Saudi-led coalition's role in the war and massive humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and US support for the Saudis. He said a 10-year window for implementing the deal was already underway. "The foundation of the relation is really huge and deep". But senators voted 55-44 to table that resolution. "Still, it was a sign to the Saudis, who have places all their eggs in the Trump administration's basket, that not all of Washington is on their side". "Allies should understand that US support is not open-ended and that Congress will intervene when there is evidence of rights abuses and war crimes violations".

He has consolidated power since becoming the heir apparent to succeed King Salman and, aged only 32, he could ultimately rule Saudi Arabia for many decades. The two countries finalised $110 billion defence deals.

Showing a sign to journalists at the meeting that read "12.5 billion in finalized sales to Saudi Arabia", Trump boasted about all the money that U.S. defense contractors would be getting for their products.

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A Senior analyst associated with Aljazeera Marwan Bishara has said that MBS reception in the Oval Room was a "tragicomedy". The deal is coming up [for sanctions relief renewal] in one month, and you will see what happens. He said, "On the political level, the American president is trying to sell the crown prince to the American public, when Saudi Arabia's image is really bad". Mohammed was opening a two-week, coast-to-coast swing, including stops in Los Angeles and San Francisco, as he seeks business ties with American oil, technology and entertainment companies.

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