Alwaght-Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally bribed Donald Trump with $1bn during the US president’s visit to Riyadh in May.
The stunning revelation was made by an anonymous Saudi commentator, who uses the Twitter handle Mujtahidd, and has almost two million followers on Twitter is said to have reliable sources close to the royal palace.
During Trump’s visit to Saudi in May, a mysterious boat linked to the Trump organization arrived at the port of Jeddah, and it was filled with $1bn in cash, a personal gift from bin Salman, Mujtahidd claimed without clarifying his sources.
Bin Salman, then-deputy crown prince, was able to win the US administration's favor in his power struggle with his cousin Mohammed bin Nayef, who was heir to the throne until he was deposed in June.
Mujtahidd added on Monday that Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia changed Washington’s stance on the competition between bin Salman and bin Nayef, forcing the US to take the 32-year-old’s side.
Besides courting Trump to take his side in internal Saudi affairs, bin Salman also secured a direct line of communication to the US president. Trump has censured Qatar and encouraged the Saudi-led blockade against Qatar in statements that contradicted his own defense and state departments, which had called for ending the Persian Gulf dispute.
On Monday, Trump endorsed bin Salman’s purge of members the royal family in the name of fighting corruption. Security forces arrested 11 princes along with 38 top businessmen and former ministers on Saturday, including global investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who has significant assets across the world.
Bin Salman has unveiled a string of radical reforms since his controversial rise to power in what was termed as a palace coup.
Critics say the Saudi crown prince is using the reforms as a pretext to remove his potential political adversaries.