Trump, Tillerson Dance In Saudi Arabia
- Author: Leroy Wright May 21, 2017,
May 21, 2017, 12:13
Details of the agreement stipulate the nations form a "consultative group" that will collaborate to "counter violent extremism, disrupt the financing of terrorism, and advance defense cooperation", the White House said in a statement Saturday.
The two leaders then signed a series of agreements, including a $US15 billion projects for United States company General Electric and a $US110 billion deal for the U.S. to supply arms and cyber security technology to the Saudis. The package includes tanks, combat ships, missile defense systems, radar and communications and cybersecurity technology.
And Trump's luxury hotel was bathed in red, white and blue lights and, at times, an image of the president's face, Fox News reports.
Lockheed Martin President Marillyn Hewson praised the deal. Apparently, the savings were enough to sway the Saudis.
There had already been signs of warming relations between the USA and Saudi Arabia.
The king "expressed the kingdom's optimism that President Trump, with a new approach and determination, can bring a conclusion to this long conflict", Jubeir said, referring to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Tremendous investments in the United States.
Saudi Arabia's state oil giant Saudi Aramco signed $50 billion of deals with 11 USA oil companies, including Haliburton, Jacob's, Schlumberger, Emerson, Honeywell and McDermott International.
Trump bent down so the king could place the gold medal around his neck. The deal had been blocked by the Obama administration, which raised concerns the arms could be used to kill civilians in the civil war in neighbouring Yemen. "$110 billion in weapons will exacerbate, not ameliorate, those imperfections".
Speaking about the possibility of an accord during the visit, Trump said, "We will get this done". Other female foreign dignitaries have also chosen not to.
The Saudi government is eager to start fresh with the USA after several major disagreements marred its relationship with Obama.
"If we can change the conversation in the USA and in the West from enmity toward the Islamic world to one of partnership we will have truly changed our world", he said.
"Mr. President, your visit will strengthen our strategic cooperation, lead to global security and stability", King Salman said in a message on his official Twitter account in Arabic and English. The total value of those deals is estimated to be between $300-$380 billion over 10 years.
When asked why neither wore a headscarf, the White House responded they were not required to wear them, according to CNN. "Big dollars. Big dollars".
Throughout Riyadh, Trump and his delegation were greeted with great fanfare. The US president hailed the deal in his first public comments after the meeting with King Salman. Trump is the only American president to make Saudi Arabia, or any majority Muslim country, his first stop overseas as president - a scheduling choice designed in part to show respect to the region after more than a year of harsh anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric.