Trump meets Malaysia leader under investigation by his Justice Department

Najib arrives in Washington ahead of White House meeting

Najib arrives in Washington ahead of White House meeting

The White House refused to say whether the issue will come up, and has tried to shift the focus onto relations with a key partner in South East Asia.

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

The Malaysian Embassy would not confirm to the outlet that Najib and his contingent spent the night at the hotel, where the "Trump Townhouse" suite goes for more than $18,750 per night.

ThinkProgress reported Tuesday morning that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is the subject of a Department of Justice corruption probe for allegedly misappropriating billions of dollars, was staying at the Trump International Hotel in D.C. before his meeting with President Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump is hosting Malaysia's scandal-tainted Prime Minister Najib Razak and praising his country's investment in the United States and the fight against terrorism. Trump said the deal is worth $10 billion to $20 billion.

Malaysian trade officials said the visit would be an opportunity for Malaysia to explain the trade data discrepancy recorded, and that Malaysia's contribution to the USA trade deficit in goods in 2016 was only 3.37 percent.

Modi says India shares Myanmar's concern about 'extremist violence'
He is expected to raise the issue of the exodus of the ethnic Rohingyas into neighbouring countries. India, which has absorbed many refugees, should not be told how to deal with refugees, he added.

Mr Najib said the 9/11 terror attacks not only changed the U.S. but the world as the assault was inspired by the same "false and poisonous ideology" spread by the global terror network known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ― or its various acronyms ISIS, IS and Daesh.

"He also is a subject of the largest foreign kleptocracy investigation ever launched by the US Justice Department". He has denied any wrongdoing.

Mr Trump said Datuk Seri Najib has a major role to play in not allowing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other terror groups to exist, while the latter said Malaysia is committed to fighting these groups.

Najib held a news conference with Malaysian reporters from inside the hotel, according to an Instagram account belonging to a member of parliament accompanying him on the trip, ThinkProgress reported. "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.

The U.S. Justice Department in June moved to seize more than a half a billion dollars in assets related to the 1MDB case, including a Picasso given to actor Leonardo DiCaprio, the screen rights to two Hollywood movies and a $27 million diamond necklace belong to Najib's wife, Rosmah Mansor.

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