Trump hails arms sales to Saudi as he hosts Crown Prince

"Tremendous investments made in our country and that means jobs for our workers", Trump told reporters during a picture-taking session with the crown prince.

Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the chamber's Foreign Relations Committee, said senators questioned the crown prince closely about Yemen during a meeting with him on Tuesday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised Saudi Arabia and on Tuesday blasted a resolution against US involvement in the conflict in Yemen, which is due for a vote later in the day.

In his talks with the prince, Trump urged his guest to use some of his country's oil wealth to support the U.S. economy through the purchase of goods and military hardware.

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised American defence sales to Saudi Arabia, despite controversy over Riyadh's role in the war in Yemen.

Promoting a more moderate form of Islam is one of the promises made by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman under plans to modernise the kingdom. "And I miss your father - a special man".

Though the prince, 32, has won Western plaudits for seeking to ease Saudi Arabia's reliance on oil, tackle chronic corruption and reform the conservative Sunni Muslim kingdom, the severity and secrecy of an anti-corruption crackdown last November has unnerved some investors.

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Trump noted that when he was in Riyadh last May the Saudis had promised a United States dollars 400 billion for the purchase of USA equipment.

The crown prince, in a rare foray into speaking English, said on Tuesday the Saudi pledge for $200 billion in investments would end up at $400 billion when fully implemented. Mattis said the U.S is working with the U.N.'s new envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths of Britain, in pursuit of a political solution to the civil war, which has killed more than 10,000 civilians since it started in March 2015.

Trump has suggested he may break the agreement in May, prompting critics to say that any such move would spark a nuclear arms race in the region between the Saudis and the Iranians, who have threatened to disown the 2015 accord if the United States walks away. Stock exchanges in NY and elsewhere are vying for the worldwide listing of Aramco, the Saudi oil behemoth expected to go public soon.

In addition to meeting with the President, the Saudi leader has meetings with congressional leadership, education leaders in Boston and business leaders in NY.

Iran signed an agreement with the U.S. and five other powers in 2015, freezing all enrichment activities for 10 years - an agreement that Trump, and, as of this week the Crown Prince, called "flawed".

"We're going to see what happens", Trump said when asked about either changing or scrapping the nuclear deal. "Iran hasn't been treating that part of the world, or the world, appropriately".

  • Stacy Houston