Within the same 24 hours, this came out:Spoke yesterday with the King of Saudi Arabia about peace in the Middle-East. Interesting things are happening!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2017
Major power moves in Saudi. Heir to throne cracking down on dissent. Social media infiltrated. https://t.co/grT1o0Q2As by @ScheckWSJ and me— Shane Harris (@shaneharris) July 2, 2017
From the Wall Street Journal story:
King Salman upended Saudi Arabia’s succession order last month by naming his 31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman, crown prince and next in line to the throne, and sidelining his nephew and heir apparent, Mohammed bin Nayef, who has deep ties to U.S. intelligence and is widely viewed by U.S. officials as a stabilizing force in the region....
The elevation of a new crown prince who backs a newly aggressive foreign-policy approach has concerned career U.S. officials who have long looked to Saudi Arabia as a source of stability in the Middle East.