Under siege in Washington, Trump reaps Saudi arms deal, stronger ties

Under siege in Washington, Trump reaps Saudi arms deal, stronger tiesBy Jeff Mason and Steve Holland RIYADH (Reuters) – Under political fire at home, U.S. President Donald Trump sealed a $ 110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia on Saturday on his maiden foreign trip as he struggled to shift attention from the aftermath of his firing of the director of the FBI. The arms deal, plus other investments that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said could total up to $ 350 billion, was the central achievement of Trump’s first day in Riyadh, first stop on a nine-day journey through the Middle East and Europe. Speaking to journalists after a ceremony to exchange agreements, Trump said it was a “tremendous day” and spoke of “hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs.



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