Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s meeting with American President Donald Trump was marked with the presence of top officials who are close to the latter.
In addition to H. R. McMaster, the national security advisor, three advisors also attended, and they are Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to Trump, Dina Powell, the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy, and Steve Bannon, Trump’s senior advisor who’s considered as Trump’s mentor.
What’s interesting is that these advisors attended the Pentagon’s meeting, which is unusual. This indicates that Trump’s administration wants to adopt a new approach when considering its relations with Saudi Arabia and when addressing Middle Eastern and Islamic affairs.
It’s clear now that Trump’s administration wants to resort to its military power to confront security threats, whether they are due to Iran which has armed and funded terrorist groups in Arab countries or due to extremist and terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda.
In addition to military power, the American administration wants to include economic, political and intellectual initiatives as it doesn’t want the US to just be about power but also be a leader in reviving affluence and economic opportunities for the Arab and Islamic world. It also wants to help find a solution to the Arab-Israeli struggle and wants to confront extremist ideology to make sure that extremists do not threaten the aspired peace or at least the upcoming stability.