WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is greeting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at the White House.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the two leaders will discuss maritime security and counter-terrorism among other topics.
Najib’s visit to the White House comes under the cloud of a massive corruption scandal involving the 1MDB state fund that he founded. Malaysia’s government has said it found no criminal wrongdoing at 1MDB. But the fund has been at the center of investigations in the U.S. and several countries amid allegations of a global embezzlement and money-laundering scheme.
The U.S. Justice Department says people close to Najib stole billions of dollars, and the federal government is working to seize $1.7 billion it says was taken from the fund to buy assets in the U.S.