A new book based on interviews purportedly coming from White House insiders has revealed that US President Donald Trump was behind the elevation of Mohammed bin Salman to the position of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince last year.
The claim is included in the book titled Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House which went on sale on Friday. Michael Wolff said on Friday his book is based on more than 200 interviews with Trump and his close aides.
“We’ve put our man on top,” Trump is said to have claimed to friends, according to the book, after Saudi King Salman ousted his nephew Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as next-in-line to the throne and made his then-31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman, the new crown prince in June 2017.
Bin Salman is a close friend of Trump’s aide and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. His sudden elevation last year to the post of crown prince shook up the line of succession and turned on decades of custom within the Saudi…