Trump, Malaysian PM Najib discuss trade deals, Boeing jets

Najib There's more freedom in M'sia now

The US president is expected to focus significantly on security issues with the Malaysian prime minister during their discussions at the White House on Tuesday.

"Investing in a long-term relationship between our countries, that in itself provides a foundation for us to address issues of concern, and that would include corruption and transparency", a White House official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

President Trump is set to meet with another foreign diplomat.

Najib's entourage was spotted several times at the Trump International Hotel, down the street from the White House.

President Donald Trump is greeting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at the White House. But the fund has been at the center of investigations in the US and several countries amid allegations of a global embezzlement and money-laundering scheme.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Tuesday that no efforts had been made to make the premier stay at the president's hotel and that Razak made a "personal decision".

Mr Najib said the 9/11 terror attacks not only changed the USA but the world as the assault was inspired by the same "false and poisonous ideology" spread by the global terror network known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ― or its various acronyms ISIS, IS and Daesh.




Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Malaysians overseas should not be influenced by propaganda that Malaysia was a failed state. Trump said the deal is worth $10 billion to $20 billion.

Reuters reported that Najib would be announcing a US$1.8 billion (RM7.57 billion) deal for the purchase of eight widebody Boeing 787 jets by Malaysia Airlines after the meeting.

Mr Najib said Malaysia's successful counter-terrorism offensive was possible through promoting moderation and through a deradicalisation program that has had a 90 per cent success rate.

"No prime minister of Malaysia in the past 60 years had to face such phalanx of global media hostility or avalanche of adverse press publicity both in the United States and the world", he said in a statement.

Najib stressed the key for the United States "to win the hearts and minds of the Muslim world" is to support 'moderate and progressive Muslim regimes and governments around the world, ' such as Malaysia's 'because that is the true face of Islam, that is the authentic face of Islam'.

Najib said, however, that critics 'falsely running down Malaysia's vibrant democracy and spreading smears and falsehoods about this government in foreign newspapers just for political gain is another matter'.

A senior US official acknowledged it was unusual to meet with Najib while 1MDB was under regulatory scrutiny.

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