Saudi Crown Prince: ‘I Love Working With Trump’

RIYADH — Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Salman says Riyadh “will pay nothing” to the United States for the kingdom’s “security,” in rebuttal to US President Donald Trump who re­cently said King Salman would not last in power “for two weeks” without US military support.

“Actually we will pay nothing for our security. We believe that all the armaments we have from the United States of America are paid for, it’s not free armament,” the Saudi crown prince said in a Bloomberg interview conducted on Wednesday and pub­lished on Friday. He made the com­ments in response to a question whether Riyadh needed to pay Wash­ington more for its security.

“Ever since the relationship started between Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, we’ve bought every­thing with money,” he further said, add­ing that since Trump came to power, the kingdom decided to purchase over 60 per­cent of its needed armament from the US “for the next 10 years.”

The 33-year-old crown prince went on to say that Saudi Arabia had agreed to buy $110 billion worth of US weap­ons and signed investment deals worth billions more, some “$400 billion” in total, since Trump took office in early 2017, and described the deals as “a good achievement” for Trump.

“Also included in these agree­ments are that part of these arma­ments will be manufactured in Saudi Arabia, so it will create jobs in Amer­ica and Saudi Arabia, good trade, good benefits for both countries and also good economic growth. Plus, it will help our security,” Bin Salman further noted.

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