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Trump praises Saudi purge, voices confidence in King, Crown Prince

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed a move by Saudi Arabia’s future king that tightened his grip on power through the arrests of royals, ministers and investors in an anti-corruption purge. The endorsement cemented a U.S.-Saudi relationship that has improved dramatically under Trump’s presidency, partly because of both leaders’ vision of confronting Riyadh’s arch-rival Iran more aggressively in the region. Trump tweeted on Monday that he had “great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince…