“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 at the time.
“There’s nobody that even comes close to us in terms of technology and the quality of the equipment, and Saudi Arabia appreciates that,” he added.
Under President Barack Obama, the U.S. offered more than $115 billion in weapons, equipment and training to Saudi Arabia, according to a Reuters report from September 2016. Most of it had yet to be delivered at the time, Reuters added.
During the Oval Office talks, Trump touted a creation of 40,000 U.S. jobs due to Saudi military sales. The president used several maps and charts of Saudi acquisitions to further make his point.
The crown prince, likewise, added that last year’s Saudi pledge of $200 billion in investments will rise to approximately $400 billion and that a 10-year window to implement the deal was already under way.
Meanwhile, as the Khashoggi case unfolds, Trump threatened “severe punishment” if the journalist was in fact murdered.
A Saudi official said Sunday that Riyadh would retaliate if any steps were taken to punish the kingdom over the Khashoggi case, according to a state news agency.