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Trump Stays Publicly Quiet While Saudi Arabia-Canada Tensions Rise

  • U.S. officials said to privately urge restraint from Riyadh
  • Saudi didn’t tell U.S. about plan to expel Canadian diplomat
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Saudis Threatens More Action Against Canada Over Diplomatic Dispute
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The Trump administration is privately trying to coax Saudi Arabia to dial back hostilities with Canada even as the U.S. maintains a hands-off public approach to the escalating dispute between the two key allies, a senior U.S. official said.

The U.S. is now trying to do behind-the-scenes damage control after being caught off guard by Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s move this week to expel the Canadian ambassador, freeze new trade deals and cancel direct flights to Toronto on its state airline, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.