President Trump Has Had No Discussions With Saudi Crown Prince at G-20 Summit
US President Donald Trump says he might have a discussion with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbH) during a Summit they are both attending in Argentina, but so far they have not.
“We had no discussion. We might, but we had none,” President Trump told reporters Friday.
Relations between Washington and Riyadh are tense in the wake of the assignation of Jamal Khashoggi, a opinion contributor to The Washington Post. Dissident Khashoggi, who had been critical of the Royal family, was killed by the Saudis at the nation’s consulate in Istanbul.
A White House official says that, so far, President Trump had only exchanged pleasantries with the crown prince at the leaders’ opening session just as he did with nearly every leader in attendance.
President Trump spoke after a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe where he hopes to visit next year.
President Trump also met with Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
President Trump cancelled a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Nations Summit Thursday.
President Trump cited Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian vessels as the reason, saying in a tweet from Air Force One: “The ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia.” He added in a second tweet: “I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!”
Coming just hours after the Kremlin said the meeting was on track, the declaration was a departure from much of Trump’s past dealings with Putin. Throughout his presidency, Trump has sought to improve relations despite tensions over election meddling, arms control and the war in Syria.
President Trump is in Buenos Aires tonight for 2-days of diplomacy, threw the meeting into doubt earlier in the week when he told The Washington Post that he might cancel over the conflict with Ukraine.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump also will now speak informally with the leaders of Turkey and South Korea at the summit rather than in formal meetings. She did not say why the meetings with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and South Korean President Moon Jae-in had been downgraded.
Ms. Sanders spoke to reporters traveling with the President on Air Force One.
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