No doubt the Saudis smelled opportunity, but it is also likely that the Saudis thought they HAD to step up their lobbying game with Trump.
The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the kingdom was the largest single source of investor funding for startups in Silicon Valley, with Salman directing investments totaling $11 billon since 2016. Some of the United States’ biggest financial institutions, like J.P. Morgan and BlackRock, have been doing business with Saudi Arabia for years.
The Saudis and pretty much everyone in power have long cuddled together. This is nothing new.