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  • "As Trump prepared for Riyadh visit, Saudis blocked U.S. on terrorist sanctions," by WashPost's Joby Warrick: "The plan to add the Islamic State's Saudi affiliate to a U.N. list of terrorist groups was quietly killed two weeks ago in a bureaucratic maneuver at the U.N. Security Council."
  • "Corporate A-Listers Descend on Riyadh for Trump's CEO Summit," by Bloomberg's Anthony Capaccio and Kevin Cirilli: "Defense contractors were the big winners, but ... Trump's first day in Saudi Arabia yielded a slew of high-profile investment deals that showcased the administration's ability to draw support from major corporations."
  • "To Saudis, ... Trump has become 'Abu [father of] Ivanka,'" by L.A. Times' Molly Hennessy-Fiske: "Saudi Arabia's fascination with Ivanka Trump highlights how far women have advanced in the kingdom, and how much further they have to go.
  • NYT's Peter Baker and Mike Shear: "Trump and his team made clear they are willing to publicly overlook repression in places like Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states ... as long as they are allies in areas the president considers more important, namely security and economics."
  • WSJ's Carol Lee: "Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. Pledge $100 Million to World Bank's Women Entrepreneurs Fund: Donation to be announced at event with Ivanka Trump, an advocate for businesswomen who proposed the fund." (White House notes it's not her fund — she's championing the issue and gave them the idea.)
  • AP: Trump said this morning "he would accept an invitation made by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to visit Egypt. ... Trump was also overheard complimenting el-Sisi's shoes."
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