Royal Court Palace, Saudi Arabia – The American delegation was in high spirits this morning following an agreement to strengthen the partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia xarlier today. Jared Kushner, a Senior Advisor to President Trump greeted H.R. McMaster with a high-five when he entered the room where the bilat would be held.
On Saturday, in a significant expansion of the over seven-decade long security relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the President, Secretary Tillerson and other cabinet members attended a signing ceremony for almost $110 Billion worth of Foreign Military Sales cases via Letters of Offer and Acceptance and future defense capabilities under development listed in a Memorandum of Intent to support Saudi Arabia’s defense needs.
Gary Cohn, the chief economic advisor to President Trump said this deal focussed on infrastructure and generating a lot of money to create jobs. “They’re going to hire US companies,” Cohn mentioned. “A lot of money. Big dollars. Big dollars.”
This package of defense equipment and services support the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian threats, while also bolstering the Kingdom’s ability to contribute to counter terrorism operations across the region, reducing the burden on the U.S. military to conduct those operations.
“That was a tremendous day. Tremendous investments in the United States,” President Trump told the press pool. “Hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs”
President Trump and King Salman walked into a large room where both delegations were waiting, and sat face to face at a large rectangular table. Seated left to President Trump was Wilbur Ross with Rex Tillerson to his right. Stephen Bannon, Jared Kushner, H.R. McMaster among others were also in the room. However, Dina Powell was the only woman at the table.