President Donald Trump shows a chart highlighting arms sales to Saudi Arabia during a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman opened a marathon tour of the U.S. Tuesday by soaking in praise from President Donald Trump, who championed close economic ties and increased military sales to the Saudis as he hosted the young heir to the throne in the Oval Office.Trump and the crown prince looked past the two countries' differing views about waging war in Yemen as they came together for an Oval Office meeting and working lunch. Trump offered an optimistic forecast of lucrative U.S. arms sales to the kingdom and more Saudi investment in the United States. Trump sounded an ominous note as he looked ahead to a decision in May about whether to stay in the Iran nuclear deal, loathed by both Trump and the Saudis.While in Washington, the crown prince will hold separate meetings with a long roster of influential U.S. officials, including the secretaries of defense, treasury and commerce, the CIA chief and congressional leaders from both parties.The crown prince could dangle a huge carrot in front of Trump for his support.
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