The Trump administration continues to score victories in Middle East diplomacy. This weekend, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Neom, Saudi Arabia, as part of the secretary’s recent tour of several countries in the Middle East. The two were joined by an Israeli delegation including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Brig. Gen. Avi Bluth, and Mossad chief Yossi Cohen. The visit marks the “first known high-level meeting between an Israeli and Saudi leader.” Only days later, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google is planning to link Israel and Saudi Arabia via underwater fiber-optic cable. Google is seeking financing from several companies including an Omani communications company. Saudi Arabia and Oman are two of the countries most likely to follow in the footsteps of the UAE, Bahrain, and Sudan in normalizing relations with Israel. The Trump administration continues to see growth in the normalization agreements between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain, and Sudan since my last article in The American Spectator on this topic. The Trump administration has also further solidified its support of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the Golan Heights. While long shots at this point, the Trump administration is
WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - US President-elect Joe Biden is beginning to fill out his roster of top White House aides, with Mr Cedric Richmond and Ms Jen O'Malley Dillon planning to take top jobs, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr Richmond, a Louisiana congressman, will take a senior role that would include public engagement. Ms O'Malley Dillon, Mr Biden's campaign manager, will be a deputy chief of staff, the people said. Mr Richmond would leave his seat in the House of Representatives just after being elected to his sixth term. He has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday (Nov 17). A national co-chair of Mr Biden's campaign, Mr Richmond will be one of the highest-ranking Black aides in the White House. The Office of Public Engagement in the Obama administration was run by Ms Valerie Jarrett, a top aide, and it coordinated events and communications involving the general public. Ms O'Malley Dillon is the first woman to run a successful Democratic presidential campaign. Her White House position was first reported by NBC. The Biden transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Mr Richmond is also
WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States President Donald Trump will participate in the virtual Group of 20 summit being hosted by Saudi Arabia on Saturday, a senior US official said. Trump's participation in the two-day meeting of the world's wealthiest nations comes on the heels of his attendance at Friday's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit via video link. Neither summit was held in person because of the coronavirus pandemic.