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Trump to meet Malaysian Prime Minister today

13 September 2017

President Trump is set to meet with the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tuesday, Spetember 12.

"Mr. Prime Minister, it's a great honor to have you in the United States and in the White House", Trump said.

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.

Najib had once enjoyed close ties with Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, playing golf with the Democratic president in Hawaii in 2014.

Malaysian International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, who accompanied Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak on his working visit to the US from September 11-13, will hold separate discussions with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. 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 press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Monday that the investigation was "apolitical, and certainly independent of anything taking place" during meetings involving the president.

A news report says the Malaysian national carrier will be adding eight widebody Boeing 787 jets to its fleet.

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Misri further said all issues related to the bilateral relationship would be discussed during the Prime Minister Modi's visit. The Indian government is also concerned about Rohingya immigrants in the country, and has been considering to deport them.

Flanked by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Vice President Mike Pence, Trump listened raptly as Najib described Malaysia's purchase of billions of dollars' worth of aircraft from Chicago-based Boeing.

The White House had said it would not comment on the Justice Department investigation.

Malaysia has faced one non-fatal IS-linked attack, the June 28, 2016 grenade attack against a pub in Puchong, Selangor, but has thwarted other terror attempts prior and since, the most recent as disclosed by police intelligence being the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Mr. Najib also didn't mention the Justice Department probe into the 1MDB investment fund in Malaysia.

Malaysian opposition lawmaker Nurul Izzah Anwar, daughter of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, wrote in a commentary in The Washington Post yesterday: "What should be foremost on the agenda is the hatred and fear fuelled by Najib's own party's support of extremist groups that routinely harass and frighten the country's significant Christian, Buddhist and Hindu minorities".

The U.S. Justice Department sued to seize some $1.7 billion in assets it said were bought with misappropriated 1MDB funds. "He will also try to convey the impression that the USA investigation on 1MDB has nothing to do with him", said James Chin, who heads the Asia Institute in Australia's University of Tasmania.

Trump to meet Malaysian Prime Minister today