President Donald Trump met with Prince Mohammed Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday and it’s safe to say that the meeting went as well as anyone could hope for.
The Saudi delegation left the conversation in high spirits and later told the media that they believe Saudi-American relations had just reached a new “turning point.” They praised President Trump as a “true friend of Muslims” all over the world and argued that his policies would make everyone safer and more prosperous… not just Americans, but citizens of the world.
It marked a serious shift in the Saudi attitudes towards the United States, as the Saudi government had previously been VERY critical of the Obama administration’s efforts in the Middle East. In fact, as the United States moved away from Israel during the Obama years the Saudis seemed to realize that Israel was their best hope of keeping peace in the Middle East and have become closer friends with the Netanyahu government as a consequence.
“Relations had undergone a period of difference of opinion,” a senior adviser to the crown prince said in a statement after Tuesday’s meeting. “However, today’s meeting has put things on the right track, and marked a significant shift in relations, across all political, military, security and economic fields.” …
In a statement Wednesday, the White House said that Trump and the prince “directed their teams to explore additional steps across a broad range of political, military, security, economic, cultural, and social dimensions to further strengthen and elevate the United States-Saudi strategic relationship” and to confront “Iran’s destabilizing regional activities.”