An audience with four US Presidents, dinner with Rupert Murdoch and the opportunity to attract American moguls like Oprah Winfrey and Tim Cook.
These are just a few of the high-profile meetings on a leaked itinerary by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's whirlwind three weeks, seven-city trip to the US, when the heir to the Saudi throne tries to sell a picture of a developing regime Interest in political and economic investments in Riyadh to peak. 1
The Marathon Sprint has welcomed Bin Salman into the White House of Donald Trump. The leaked plan – including Sumak-crusted halibut with Trump and coffee at Starbucks with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg – sheds light on the ambitions of the Crown Prince beyond Washington, with leaders ranging from the tech titans of Silicon Valley to Hollywood's rich and famous , Not only Trump, but also Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and George HW Bush should meet with him.
The 32-year-old prince was appointed heir to the Saudi throne by his father, King Salman, last June, and has since been considered the de facto leader of the country. He has formed as a reformer and vowed to modernize Saudi Arabia's Conservative-Conservative regime.
Among his promises is to put down some of the strict social rules that have earned Saudi Arabia the reputation of being one of the world's most oppressive regimes. According to Bin Salman's declared vision, a 35-year ban on cinema has been lifted and women have been told they can drive soon.
And while skeptics argue that the softer veneer is a smoke screen designed to hide Saudi Arabia's perennialities, in the US, the Crown Prince's PR campaign seems to be paying off and violating rights.
"In general, there is much interest and openness to what Mohammed bin Salman is doing, in the sense that he has succeeded in promoting that narrative of a new Saudi Arabia," said Shadi Hamid, a senior staff member of the Project on US relations with the Islamic world in the Brookings Institution.
"The Americans have a thing for these simplistic modernization messages, the idea that the backward Arabs are finally coming together … There will always be an audience for it, regardless of its authenticity."
In fact, Bin Salman's charm offensive comes amid increased control over Saudi Arabia's power projection in an increasingly fragmented Middle East.
US support for the Saudi Arabia-led bombing raid in Yemen, which has led to a humanitarian crisis and the death of thousands of civilians, was held last week in a rare vote to restrict the president's war powers. The Senate ultimately rejected a bipartisan attempt to limit American support for Saudi Arabia's operations in Yemen on the same day that Bin Salman was sitting with Donald Trump in the White House.
Trump had bragged before the meeting that the American-Saudi relationship was "probably the strongest it ever was".
"Saudi Arabia is a very wealthy nation, and they will give the United States part of that wealth, hopefully in the form of jobs, in the form of buying the finest military equipment anywhere in the world," Trump added.
During the meeting, the two leaders also discussed their mutual opposition to the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. Trump has decided to decertify the seminal Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and is expected to re-sanction Tehran until 12 May
National security veterans have urged the president not to terminate the deal, but recent changes to Trump's foreign policy team have garnered vociferous Iran hawks as prominent positions.
Mike Pompeo, who has served as director of the CIA until now, is ready to replace Rex Tillerson as foreign minister; and John Bolton, a former UN ambassador who campaigned for the bombing of Iran, will act as Trump's new national security adviser after the departure of HR McMaster. Tillerson and McMaster are said to be more sympathetic to the maintenance of the agreement, which lifted some international sanctions against Iran after its leaders agreed to withdraw the country's nuclear program.
During his visit, Bin Salman reiterated JMPOA's fierce opposition to Iran over Iran and sharply warned that the failure to reinstate the sanctions on Tehran could escalate into a military conflict in the region.
"If we fail to do what we are trying to do, we will probably be at war with Iran in 10-15 years," Bin Salman said in the Wall Street Journal this week.
In the interview, the Crown Prince also pledged to lift the rigid societal restrictions that he said made his own people seek a chance outside their borders.
"We can not get people to live in a non-competitive environment in Saudi Arabia," he said.
"The environment in Saudi Arabia is even pushing Saudi Arabia in front of Saudi Arabia, which is one reason why we want social reforms."
Despite the removal of some barriers, rigid rules remain, according to which women have the consent of a male Guardians Need to Receive a Passport to Travel or Marry Overseas (19659002) A rare reprimand from the Saudi Kingdom, a panel of independent United Nations experts, reported that since last September more than 60 well-known activists, including journalists, clergy and academics who had been detained
"This is an authoritarian regime that is increasingly becoming even more authoritarian, the less and less dissent less tolerated," Hamid said.
Bin Salman has nonetheless built up a close relationship with the Trump administration, notably through the President's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who has traveled regularly to Riyadh for the past ten months. With Kushner at his side, the Crown Prince has sought to further strengthen the political and business ties between Trump and his visit to Saudi Arabia last year. This was the first time that the country was selected for a US President's first foreign trip, even though Bin Salman was warned by regional advisors prior to his trip to Washington to distance himself from Trump because of the US volatility and unpredictability -Presidents, the mutual admiration between the two in the oval was clearly seen office last week
After he had praised the state of American-Saudi relations, Trump turned to the young successor and said: "They are beyond the crown prince. "