President Donald Trump welcomed Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak to the White House on Tuesday, praising his country for investments in the United States while steering clear of an American investigation into a Malaysian corruption scandal.
On Tuesday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about the report and defended Najib's choice of lodging - a choice that directly lines Trump's pockets since he still owns the hotel. It reads, "Today, President Trump will welcome Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak of Malaysia to the White House". But the fund has been at the center of investigations in the USA and several countries amid allegations of a global embezzlement and money-laundering scheme.
According to the Justice Department, people close to Najib stole billions of dollars, and the federal government is working to seize $1.7 billion it says was taken from the fund to buy assets in the US.
At their meeting, Trump and Najib focused on areas of agreement, such as economic development and counter-terrorism measures.
The news was disclosed through the official page of the White House.
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"We are committed to 25 planes of the 737 Max-10, plus eight 787 Dreamliners and there is a strong probability, not possibility" of the purchase of an additional 25 737 Max-10 jets, Najib told Trump.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (L) meets with US President Donald Trump (R) and others in the Cabinet Room of the White House on September 12, 2017 in Washington, DC.
There are about 28,000 Malaysians living in cities throughout the United States.
Trump also said Malaysia is a "massive investor in the United States in terms of stocks and bonds".
Mr. Trump didn't mention the investigation during his public appearance with Mr. Najib. "We're very proud of our stock market, what's happened since I became president".
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'It's unfortunate but consistent with Trump's policy of downplaying democracy and human rights as an aspect of USA policy, ' says Joshua Kurlantzick, senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council for Foreign Relations.
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