Newsbrief: Trump supports Saudi Arabia’s statements about modernization

by Mary Decker
edited by Ian Keating

(Photo: the New York Times)

President Donald Trump officially showed his support for the Saudi Arabian King Salman’s statements that he is trying to modernize and de-radicalize his country, according to The New York Times.

In the official White House statement, Trump said, “The king and crown prince’s recent public statements regarding the need to build a moderate, peaceful and tolerant region are essential to ensuring a hopeful future for the Saudi people, to curtailing terrorist funding, and to defeating radical ideology — once and for all — so the world can be safe from its evil,” according to the article.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has recently called for tolerance and moderation, and has sanctioned the arrests of many prominent businessman and ministers. Among those arrested was his rival, Prince Alwaleed, a billionaire with stocks in many businesses, including Twitter. Alwaleed is known in America for his remarks on Twitter against Trump during the presidential election.

Saudi Arabia recently intercepted missiles from the Houthi rebels stationed in Yemen, and Trump offered to sell “appropriate military equipment that would keep Saudi Arabia safe and help create American jobs,” according to the article.

Trump asked Salman if he would like to list Saudi Aramco, the Saudi Arabian state-owned oil company, on American stock markets. Salman has not agreed to this.

The White House has not said if Trump’s support of Salman’s comments was in support of the wave of arrests.

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