March 20, 2018

OrangeVerse XXXI: Equipment and Other Things

The president had a couple of opportunities (before a bilateral meeting, and before a presumably bilateral luncheon) to talk about wealth-sharing with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.  The Crown Prince is here to celebrate big arms deals and stuff like that.  And, of course, for the poetry slam.

 It's a 
honor to 
have the 
Crown Prince 
with us. Saudi 
Arabia has been a very 
great friend and a big 
purchaser of equipment
and lots of other things. 
And one of the biggest
investments in the United 
States is their - I guess it's
your big investment - is 
buying stock in companies 
and various other things
in the United States and creating 
jobs.We've become very good friends 
over a fairly short period of time. I was 
in Saudi Arabia in May. And we are bring-
ing back hundreds of billions of dollars
into the United States. And we understand
that, and they understand that. Some of the
things that - have been approved and are cu-
rently under construction and will be deliver
-ed to Saudi Arabia very soon, and that's for 
their protection. But if you look in terms of
dollars, $3 billion, $533 million, $525 million -
that's peanuts for you. You should have increased
it $880 million, $645 million, $6 billion - that's
for frigates; $889 million, $63 million - and that's 
for various artillery. Some of the things that we're
now working on and that have been ordered and
will shortly be started in construction and delivered:
the THAAD system - $13 billion; the C-130 airplanes
the Hercules, great plan - $3.8 billion; the Bradley
vehicles - that's the tanks - $1.2 billion; and the P-8
Poseidons - $1.4 billion and what it does is it really
means many, many jobs. We're talking about over
40,000 jobs in the United States. So we make the
best equipment in the world. There's nobody even
close and Saudi Arabia is buying a lot of this equip-
ment and a lot of people are at work making the e-
quipment, no only for us - because we are, as you
know, we're getting a $700 billion military propo-
sal. And that's even a lot for you guys. But we're
getting a $700 billion military plan this year and
716 will be next year - $716 billion. So we really
have a great friendship, a great relationship. I
would really have to say the relationship was
to put it mildly, very, very strained during the
Obama administration. And the relationship now
is probably as good as it's really ever been and I
think will probably only get better. Tremendous
investments made in our country. And that means
jobs for our workers, jobs for our people. Also 
defense. We're talking about defense and we're 
working very hard with Saudi Arabia. And they
're also footing a big part of the bill for defense
- the whole Middle East. And we know what's
happened in the Middle East. And it has not 
been a pretty picture for the United States or
for anybody. And a lot of things are changing,
and they're changing very rapidly. As you know
ISIS is now - we've recaptured almost 100 percent
of the territory, as you probably have heard before
anybody. But we've captured close to 100 percent
of the territory held by ISIS. We've moved very
rapidly, very quickly. And that's really coming
to an end in that part of the world - it's coming
to an end. And we'll be able to get out of certain
areas that we've wanted to get out of for a long
period of time. And other countries can handle it.
At this point, they'll be able to handle it.
So it's a great honor to have your and
your representatives here Crown Prince -
thank you very much. Thank you for
being here. Thank you, Mr. President.
Actually the relations between Saudi
Arabia and the United States of America,
it's old relation. We are the oldest ally for
the United States of America in the Middle East.
More than 80 years of alliance and big interest - 
politically, economically, and security, in dif-
fierent area - a lot of area. And the foundation
for relation, it's really huge and really deepIt's an
honor to have the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia with us
and his representatives, many of whom I know and I met 
in May when we were over there, where a promise of $400 
billion was made by Saudi Arabia for the purchase of our eq
uipment and other things.And the relationship is probably the 
strongest it's ever been. We understand each other Saudi Arabia 
is a very wealthy nation and they are going to give the United States 
some of that wealth, hopefully in the form of jobs, in the form of the 
purchase of the finest military equipment anywhere in the world. 
There's nobody even close.

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