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On Friday, US President Donald Trump faced a fresh crisis when lawyers failed to block the publication of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff. The book depicts Donald Trump as mentally unstable, quoting key Trump aides expressing serious doubt in him. Among other revelations, the book also connected Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia’s shift in power. Trump has accused the book of misrepresentation and lies.
‘We’ve put our man on top’, Trump claimed to his friends according to the book. US President Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia in May 2017. He hosted Prince Muhammad bin Salman two months earlier in Washington. In June 2017, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz removed his nephew Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as the next in line to the throne, and appointed his son Prince Muhammad bin Salman (MBS) as the next Crown Prince. This move marked a departure from the Saudi line of succession and broke a tradition of decades.
MBS has shown Trump the dream of peace in the Middle East, like Afghanistan, Trump wants to be the president who brought peace to the region and solved America’s long standing problems in the Gulf.
In a lesser explored part of the book, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman celebrated Trump’s victory in the US general elections as a step towards consolidating his own power. The book also revealed that Salman approached Trump through his son-in-law Jared Kushner, rather than the US Secretary of State, a move common among authoritarian regimes. Salman is establishing family ties with Trump rather than approaching the US diplomatically.
Trump has supported MBS at all junctures. He congratulated him on his elevation when he was appointed as the Crown Prince. When MBS moved against corruption of his own family members, Trump encouraged the move and offered his support. MBS has shown Trump the dream of peace in the Middle East, like Afghanistan, Trump wants to be the president who brought peace to the region and solved America’s long standing problems in the Gulf.