Pres. Trump to Meet With PM of Malaysia

Pres. Trump to Meet With PM of Malaysia

Pres. Trump to Meet With PM of Malaysia

Meeting between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Najib Razak today, is independent of any investigation by Department of Justice, says White House press secretary.

Prime Minister Najib founded the fund, which is facing money laundering probes in at least six countries including the United States, Switzerland and Singapore. Najib says he wants to help Trump strengthen the US economy.

The Malaysian leader was warmly welcomed by Trump on arrival for their one-on-one meeting at the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue in what is Najib's first visit to the official workplace and residence of the USA president.

Dato' Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak is the sixth and current Prime Minister of Malaysia. Trump said the deal is worth $10 billion to $20 billion.

He said this at a gathering with Malaysian students and Malaysians living in the United States, at the Malaysian Embassy here.

"He's been very, very strong on terrorism in Malaysia, and a great supporter from that standpoint", Trump said.

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Najib has resisted calls to resign, has clamped down on critics and continues to enjoy the unwavering support of most ruling-party members, but his real test will come in general elections due by mid-2018.

Media footage showed Najib arriving at the White House at about 11.46am U.S. time.

The New Straits Times quoted Mr Najib as saying in Washington that President Donald Trump's invitation recognised Malaysia's status as a "rising star".

"He can tell Malaysians that the 1MDB is a non-issue and that the opposition's message that he is unwelcome by world leaders is not true".

"Look, we're not going to comment on an ongoing investigation being led by the DoJ, and that investigation is apolitical and certainly independent of anything taking place tomorrow", she said, referring to the meeting.

He said the two will also discuss trade, and even the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.

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