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Mr. Trump, in a public appearance with Prime Minister Najib Razak, cited the airline deal as a basis for strong ties between the two countries.

"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.

Also present at the gathering were Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, Malaysian Ambassador to the US Tan Sri Dr Zulhasnan Rafique and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.

Mr Najib said bilateral ties in the last 60 years have extended beyond trade and investment into political, diplomatic, education, security, defence and people-to-people cooperation among others.

Malaysia's prime minister visits President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday seeking a dose of legitimacy amid a US Justice Department investigation into his finances.

But it has been at the center of investigations in the USA and several countries amid allegations of a global embezzlement and money-laundering scheme.

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".

A news report says the Malaysian national carrier will be adding eight widebody Boeing 787 jets to its fleet. He said: "We bring to the table a great deal of value propositions".

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

The prime minister also said his country remains committed to fighting terrorist groups, such as Islamic State and al-Qaida.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrives outside of the West Wing ahead of meetings with US President Donald Trump at the White House on September 12, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Mr. Najib said during the public appearance with Mr. Trump on Tuesday that he was interested in contributing to the US economy.

There are about 28,000 Malaysians living in cities throughout the United States.

"Not only is Mr Najib known for imprisoning peaceful opponents, silencing critical media and reversing Malaysia's progress toward democracy", the paper wrote.

'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 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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