- Context: A meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
- Highlighted the two leaders’ shared view that Iran posed a regional security threat
- It is in a marked difference from Riyadh’s often fraught relationship with the Obama administration, especially in the wake of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal
- Saudi Arabia had viewed with unease the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, whom they felt considered Riyadh’s alliance with Washington less important than negotiating the Iran nuclear deal
- But now, Riyadh and other Gulf allies see in Mr. Trump a strong President, who will shore up Washington’s role as their main strategic partner and help contain Riyadh’s adversary Iran in a region central to U.S. security and energy interests
- Both leaders had identical views on “the danger of Iran’s regional expansionist activities”
- The White House has said the deal is not in the best interest of the United States
Just note the US’ policy shift on international issues.