Crown Prince Mohammad is expected to visit Washington in mid-March. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
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U.S. President Donald Trump will host Saudi Arabia's crown prince in Washington Tuesday, giving the president a receptive audience to denounce rival Iran and a chance to take stock of significant changes the prince is engineering in the kingdom. Ten months after the last face-to-face meeting between Trump and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, in Riyadh, the 71-year-old president and the 32-year-old prince are expected to deepen an already warm and congenial relationship.Even before setting foot on American soil, Prince Mohammad struck a scathing tone toward Iran in an interview with CBS, comparing the territorial ambitions of that country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to those of Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany.And he warned that if Iran were to develop a nuclear bomb, Saudi Arabia would do the same "as soon as possible". In an opinion column early this month in The New York Times, Thomas Friedman, writing in the form of an open letter to Trump, urged the president not to give in to Prince Mohammad's "bad impulses" as he seeks to modernize Saudi Arabia's "economy and religious/social structure".
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