Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Trump to meet Malaysian Prime Minister today

Trump to meet Malaysian Prime Minister today

Appearing with Mr Trump at the White House, Mr Najib said he would like to invest in Mr Trump's infrastructure programme.

The White House says the meeting will focus primarily on security issues and North Korea, and not the corruption scandal.

Mr. Trump also praised Malaysia as a significant investor in USA securities, saying that American markets have been hitting records highs "on nearly a weekly basis" during his presidency.

The Malaysian Embassy would not confirm to the outlet that Najib and his contingent spent the night at the hotel, where the "Trump Townhouse" suite goes for more than $18,750 per night.

US President Donald Trump welcomes Malaysia's Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to the White House in Washington September 13, 2017. But it has been at the center of investigations in the USA and several countries amid allegations of a global embezzlement and money-laundering scheme.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the two leaders will discuss maritime security and counter-terrorism among other topics.

Mr Najib will witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Malaysia Airlines and Boeing Aircraft Corporation, speak at a dinner with the US-Asean Business Council and US Chamber of Commerce, and give the keynote speech at a forum at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

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Razak has met Trump before, and boasts of a warm relationship with the billionaire former businessman. Najib said the groups are the "enemy" of both the United States and Malaysia, adding 'we will do our part to make sure our part of the world is safe'.

Najib, before his White House visit, was upset with USA media reports accusing his country of sliding into dictatorship.

The prime minister will also meet with members of the Senate Committee on foreign relations later Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. Najib also said the Employees Provident Fund, a major pension fund in Malaysia, planned to invest $3 billion to $4 billion in US infrastructure projects.

The Malaysian leader is reportedly staying at the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Mr. Najib also didn't mention the Justice Department probe into the 1MDB investment fund in Malaysia. "He will also try to convey the impression that the US investigation on 1MDB has nothing to do with him", said James Chin, who heads the Asia Institute in Australia's University of Tasmania.

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.

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