WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump met with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House on Tuesday for discussions focused on infrastructure and the Iran nuclear deal.
Both Trump and Saudi Arabia have been critical of the Iran denuclearization deal signed between Iran and other world powers in 2015. Saudi officials recently calling it a “flawed agreement,” and Trump has repeatedly stated the deal should be reworked or scrapped all together.
Asked whether he was prepared to pull the United States out of the deal, Trump said “we’re going to see what happens.”
“Iran has not been treating that part of the world, or the world itself, appropriately,” Trump said. “A lot of bad things are happening in Iran. The deal is coming up in one month, and you will see what happens.”
Bin Salman — the heir apparent to King Salman of Saudi Arabia — dodged questions about the deal shouted by reporters at the Oval Office, saying he and Trump will “talk about that today.”
Trump welcomed bin Salman for his second visit to the White House since last year by praising Saudi investments in U.S. companies and Saudi Arabia’s purchase of military vehicles and equipment from U.S. manufacturers.
“Saudi Arabia is a very wealthy nation, and they’re going to give the United States some of that wealth, hopefully, in the form of jobs, in the form of the purchase of the finest military equipment anywhere in the world,” Trump said during a lunch meeting with bin Salman attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, outgoing White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, the president’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
Bin Salman said Saudi officials also believed there would be “new waves of opportunities,” between the two nations.
“We believe we can do all the great things together,” bin Salman said.