How Muhammad bin Salman Hit a Dead End in Washington
2020-05-05 - Bloomberg -  

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There came a moment during Donald Trump's April 2 phone call to Muhammad bin Salman when Saudi Arabia's crown prince and de facto ruler, apparently stunned by what the American president had just said, asked his aides to leave the room. No courtiers were present when their master, no slouch at intimidation himself, was apparently bullied into submission.