White House skewered for failing to disclose meeting Trump had with Saudi deputy defense minister

 

By Oliver Darcy, CNN Business

January 7, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: Saudi Deputy Minister of Defense Khalid bin Salman Al Saud, arrives at the Department of State for a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on January 06, 2020 in Washington, DC. Tensions are high in the middle-east after a U.S. air strike in Iraq that killed Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian military leader. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

New York (CNN Business)The White House faced sharp criticism from journalists on Tuesday after they learned that an Oval Office meeting between President Trump and Saudi Vice Minister of Defense Khalid bin Salman had not been publicly disclosed.

The public only learned about the Monday meeting between the two leaders after a statement and photos were released by Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Deputy Minister of Defense Khalid bin Salman, arrives at the Department of State for a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on January 06, 2020 in Washington, DC.
“A meeting with a foreign leader in the Oval Office should, at the very least, be on the public schedule with a read-out of the meeting released after it is over,” Jon Karl, the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, said in a statement. “This has been the long-standing precedent for presidents of both political parties.”

Karl added, “It is disturbing to see the government of Saudi Arabia have more transparency than the White House about a meeting with the President in the Oval Office.”
Bin Salman, who is the younger brother of the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, tweeted Tuesday morning that during the meeting he and Trump reviewed “aspects of our bilateral cooperation, including efforts to confront regional an international challenges.”

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  1. I suppose there is no law that the White House HAS TO give details of all visitors to the press.

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