PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP said Wednesday that the U.S. will make a “lot of money” from a $110 billion military sale with Saudi Arabian government officials.
“We are going to make a very, very good deal,” Trump said in a brief news conference with King Salman.
“I mean, you’re gonna have to make that deal, okay?
You know, we’re gonna be there, we’ll make a tremendous amount of money.”
The president said the deal would be completed by the end of 2018, when he plans to meet with Saudi King Salman at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
The White House said the agreement would not include a ban on arms sales to the kingdom, but instead will include a commitment to limit the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi deal would have been Trump’s first since he took office, and it comes amid a rising wave of international criticism of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and its support of extremist groups.
Trump has called the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia a “crisis.”
Saudi Arabia has accused Trump of “lashing out” over the human-rights situation and said his administration has been slow to respond.
Trump’s administration has called on the U to condemn the Saudi crackdown, saying the U has a responsibility to respond to human rights abuses.
Trump did not specify whether the Saudi deal will include arms sales.
He also declined to discuss what the Saudi government will be getting in return.
Trump said he will also discuss with Saudi leaders “some very important things” when he visits the Middle East next week.
“You know, the Middle Eastern problem, we have to find out who is doing it,” Trump told reporters, adding that the kingdom should “stop being a party to it.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.