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Last week at a rally Trump asked, "when you have wealthy countries like Saudi Arabia, like Japan, like South Korea, why are we subsidising their military?" "Ever since the relationship started between Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, we've bought everything with money", he said, adding that since Trump came to power, the kingdom chose to purchase over 60 percent of its needed armament from the USA for the next 10 years. She is also a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation and the Stimson Center in Washington, DC.

"Saudi Arabia ranked as one of the world's most censored countries". And even though the USA worked against our agenda we were able to protect our interests.

"The 33-year-old crown prince went on to say that Saudi Arabia had agreed to buy $110 billion worth of United States weapons and signed investment deals worth billions more, some "$400 billion" in total, since Trump took office in early 2017, and described the deals as "a good achievement" for Trump.

But bin Salman downplayed Trump's remarks, saying "you have to accept that any friend will say good things and bad things".

The Gulf country froze trade ties, blocked grain imports, expelled the Canadian ambassador and ordered Saudi students studying in Canada to return home in August after Ottawa issued a tweet in Arabic calling for the release of individuals detained under a crackdown the kingdom claims is related to citizens acting as foreign agents. He added, "Saudi Arabia was there before the United States of America. And you've got the answer now from me".

"We are ready to welcome the Turkish government to go and search our premises", he said. "I really like working with him and we have achieved a lot in the Middle East, especially against extremism, extremist ideologies, terrorism and Da'esh [Arabic acronym for ISIS] disappeared in a very short time in Iraq and Syria, and a lot of extremist narratives have been demolished in the past two years, so this is a strong initiative".

He also spoke of the kingdom's ability to introduce new oil supply to the market as Trump has requested to drive down prices from their recent four-year high of more than $84 a barrel.

Saudi Arabia has denied accusations the journalist was murdered, saying it's searching for him.

Washington and Paris, meanwhile, said they were closely following the situation.

Another topic of discussion was the kingdom's halted plans to list state oil giant Saudi Aramco. "So we put that in that category".

He added that investment in the first Vision Fund will help PIF to raise the value of its assets to United States dollars 600 billion by 2020, up from USD 400 billion that it now holds.

"So the deal in 2019, one financial year in 2020 and then immediately Aramco will be IPOed". That activity has been curtailed and may soon come to an end.

The IPO project was first announced in 2016 as the cornerstone of the prince's Vision 2030 plan to modernize the Saudi economy.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Twitter that if reports of his death were confirmed, "this would constitute a horrific, utterly deplorable, and absolutely unacceptable assault on press freedom".

He went on to describe "an fantastic deal" the kingdom will announce at a PIF event later this month, but did not disclose further details.


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