Trump, Saudi crown prince 'exchanged pleasantries' at G-20

President TrumpDonald TrumpSt. Louis lawyer who pointed gun at Black Lives Matter protesters considering Senate run Chauvin found guilty as nation exhales US says Iran negotiations are 'positive' MORE and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “exchanged pleasantries” at the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Argentina on Friday, according to the White House.

"They exchanged pleasantries at the leaders session as he did with nearly every leader in attendance," a White House official told pool reporters.

Trump later said he and the crown prince “had no discussion.”


"We had no discussion. We might, but we had none,” Trump told reporters.

Crown Prince Mohammed has been under intense scrutiny in the United States and worldwide following the slaying of Washington Post columnist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Many are skeptical Khashoggi would have been killed without the knowledge or approval of the crown prince, who is the kingdom’s day-to-day leader. The CIA has reportedly concluded that Crown Prince Mohammed ordered the killing.

But Trump has pushed back on those reports, saying in an eyebrow-raising statement last week that “we may never know all of the facts surrounding” Khashoggi’s death.

“No, no, they didn’t conclude,” Trump told reporters about a CIA report. “No they didn’t conclude. They did not come to a conclusion. They have feelings certain ways. I have the report.”

Trump’s statement last week also made clear he has no plans to curb the U.S.-Saudi relationship because of the Khashoggi killing.

But Trump has been under immense pressure to do so. This week, the Senate voted 63-37 to advance a bill that would end U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen’s civil war, a message that lawmakers are unhappy with his policy.

Prior to Trump’s departure for Argentina, the White House said Trump had no plans to formally meet with the crown prince, citing a busy schedule of meetings with other world leaders. But it did not rule out an informal discussion between the two.