President Trump is set to meet with the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tuesday, Spetember 12.
"Investing in a long-term relationship between our countries, that in itself provides a foundation for us to address issues of concern, and that would include corruption and transparency", a White House official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
He is then scheduled to hold a meeting with USA secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who made an official visit to Malaysia in early August when he held discussions with Najib in Putrajaya.
United States President Donald Trump and visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak talked about the fight against terrorism as they met yesterday. Najib founded the fund, which is facing money laundering probes in at least six countries including the United States, Switzerland and Singapore.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Tuesday that no efforts had been made to make the premier stay at the president's hotel and that Razak made a "personal decision". Trump said the deal is worth $10 billion to $20 billion.
The prime minister will also meet with members of the Senate Committee on foreign relations later Tuesday afternoon. He also identified Malaysia as a strategic national security ally in Asia, while playing down the significance of a fresh round of sanctions against North Korea approved Monday by the United Nations Security Council. The White House said it would not comment on the US Department of Justice investigation. The criminal probe into Prime Minister Najib Razak centers around billions of dollars in assets the United States claims were acquired using a government fund and laundered through American firms.
Tesla Unlocks Battery Life For Florida Owners During Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma left the Caribbean devastated last week and has ripped through Florida , too, leaving huge flooding in its wake. The battery software upgrade for these models usually requires a payment of at least $4,500, stated the report.
There are about 28,000 Malaysians living in the US.
Najib said, however, that critics 'falsely running down Malaysia's vibrant democracy and spreading smears and falsehoods about this government in foreign newspapers just for political gain is another matter'.
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".
'It's unfortunate but consistent with Trump's policy of downplaying democracy and human rights as an aspect of USA policy, ' says Joshua Kurlantzick, senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council for Foreign Relations.
The U.S. Justice Department said people close to Najib stole billions of dollars, and the federal government is working to seize $1.7 billion it said was taken from the fund to buy assets in the U.S.