Saudi Crown Prince's thumbs-up picture with Donald Trump goes viral

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may be using his close relationship with White House adviser Jared Kushner to send a message to his allies and enemies that his actions were backed by the USA government, a US government official told The Intercept.

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is in the United States this week to further cement one of the world's most resilient alliances.

Senior U.S. officials say Trump wants to settle the dispute, although Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has called the issue a "very small matter". He says that Saudi Arabia is "working very hard" to cut off that funding. Some tremendous things have happened for you since your last visit to the White House, when you were - when you were the Crown Prince, and now you're beyond the Crown Prince.

When Donald Trump stepped into the White House in 2017, the President gave his son-in-law-turned-senior-aide Jared Kushner considerable power in trying to strike a deal for Middle East peace.

The Saudi crown prince bragged to the United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed and others that he had Kushner "in his pocket", an unnamed source who talks frequently to confidants of the Saudi and Emirati rulers told The Intercept.

Tasnim News then wrote, "Decrying the Saudi crown prince's "brazen attempt" in the US trip to seize the throne, Qassemi said bin Salman had better find a way to erase the dark record of Saudi supports for terrorism instead of spending hundreds of billions of dollars of the Saudi nation's assets on American arms".

Asked whether he was prepared to pull the United States out of the deal, Trump said "we're going to see what happens".

Not so with Trump, who has taken a hardline view against Iran similar to that of the Saudi crown prince who has compared Iran's supreme leader to Adolf Hitler.

A noticeable cooling between the USA and Riyadh during the Obama administration, which culminated in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, prompted Brookings to describe the relationship as "rocky", while the Financial Times called it "toxic".

But "there is a growing sentiment on the right and left that we should hold Saudi Arabia more accountable" for its abysmal human rights record, conduct overseas and continued funding of Islamic extremist groups, Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna told the New Statesman.

Washington is the first stop of the crown prince's visit to the United States, where he will meet with USA business and industry leaders to cultivate investments.

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

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Discussion focused on means of developing trade cooperation and technology development between Saudi Arabia and the United States. King Salman is scheduled to visit the United States later this year.

  • Kyle Peterson