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Glowing Saudi orb Trump touched now hidden by US officials, author claims

A new book claims that the glowing orb that President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to move ahead with billion UAE weapons sale approved by Trump Fox News hires high-profile defense team in Dominion defamation lawsuit Associate indicted in Gaetz scandal cooperating with DOJ: report MORE, King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi were pictured touching in a viral image was hidden by officials after the Saudis gave it to the U.S.

In his book “MBS,” a profile of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, New York Times correspondent Ben Hubbard writes that after the 2017 photo taken at a Riyadh summit, the Saudis left the orb at the American Embassy, The Guardian reported.

“It sat in a hallway for a number of days, where diplomats passing by would pose for photos,” Hubbard wrote, but “someone apparently worried that the photos would make their way online and cause a scandal, so the orb was hidden away in embassy storage.”

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The three took the photograph, which sparked numerous memes and parodies, as part of the launch of Saudi Arabia’s Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology.

The book, set to be published next week, also details the Saudi crown prince’s role in Saudi foreign policy, including the war in Yemen, and his connections with the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018 in a Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

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The Hill has reached out to the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh for comment.