Just why did Trump tweet about the Saudi Aramco IPO?

Where does the initial public offering (IPO) of Saudi Aramco stand after the dramatic weekend intervention by President Trump in support of attempts by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to stage the record-breaking IPO?
Even by his own standards, it was an extraordinary tweet from the president. He said he would “appreciate” it if the Kingdom chose the NYSE rather than the other range of options it is considering. That is the transactional language of a businessman president, and suggested Trump would show his appreciation in some way if Saudi Arabia went for the NYSE.
“Important to the United States!,” he exclaimed, underlining the historic significance of the Aramco IPO, which at $100 billion is set to be the biggest in history and four times the size of the previous record holder, Alibaba of China, also on the NYSE, in 2014.
It was not just the language of the tweet, but the timing too. The president has never publicly spoken about the Aramco IPO before, though one must assume there were top-level conversations about it during the presidential visit to Riyadh in May.
But what made him hit the keyboard at that particular time? He was in Hawaii en route to Japan on the first leg of an 11-day visit to several Asian capitals, including Beijing in China. The tweet took place the same day as the president had a phone conversation with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, during which Trump also mentioned his desire for the Aramco IPO to go to NYSE.
Thomas Farley, the NYSE president, had been in Riyadh the previous week at the Future Investment Initiative (FII), where he emphasized that the prospect of Aramco floating on NYSE was still very much on his agenda. Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and Middle East adviser, was also reportedly in Riyadh about the same time, though not spotted at the FII.
It could be that either or both men had a word with the president on their return, and put the subject of the Aramco IPO on his mind.
But all this begs the question: Why did Farley, Kushner and Trump think it was time to intervene on behalf of the NYSE?

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