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Trump's Saudi Agenda

The president, bearing a basket of arms deals, should get some reassurances from the royal family.
This may be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

This may be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Photographer: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Given what's going on in Washington, Donald Trump must be looking forward to his first trip abroad as president. At least the prospects for a successful first stop, in Saudi Arabia, look promising.

Ever since Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Washington in March, U.S. and Saudi officials have been working to ensure that there will be big deals to announce over the weekend. These could include some $100 billion in U.S. arms sales, tens of billions in Saudi investments in U.S. infrastructure projects, and a host of agreements between Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil giant preparing for a possible initial public offering later this year, and U.S. companies.