Although Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made multiple visits to Saudi Arabia past year, and Trump has spoken regularly by phone with Salman and his son, Mohammed is said to have particularly close relations with Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and a White House adviser.
"We were victims, especially my generation that suffered from this a great deal", he said of the wave of conservatism that spread through the kingdom after 1979.
"We are all human beings and there is no difference", he said when asked about gender equality in the kingdom.
Saudi Arabia is now one of three countries with which the U.S.is negotiating a 123 agreement, but the kingdom has always been reluctant, insisting that uranium enrichment is a matter of national sovereignty.
Regarding the so-called "religious police", who until recently were able to arrest women for not covering up, Bin Salman assured that the laws in Saudi Arabia are very clear, and are part of Islamic law, which calls for women to wear decent clothing.
Thanks to high drilling activity, USA crude oil production has risen by more than a fifth since mid-2016, to 10.38 million barrels per day (bpd), pushing it past top exporter Saudi Arabia.
"I am for the anti-corruption [crackdown] that took place in Saudi Arabia". The interview aired ahead of the USA leg of his first global tour since becoming Crown Prince a year ago.
"As far as my private expenses are concerned, I'm a rich person and not a poor person. Women worked everywhere. We were just normal people developing like any other country in the world until the events of 1979".
"Saudi women still have not received their full rights".
He added: "But what I do as a person is to spend part of my personal income on charity".
There were accusations of abuse by relatives and associates of the detained. "I spend at least 51 percent on people and 49 on myself". "It would be virtually impossible for the Saudi government to accept terms that are less than what Obama gave the Iranians-the possibility of future enrichment", a source close to the Saudi government told AFP, referring to the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that was completed when Barack Obama was still president.
"The influence that we derive with them is by working with them", Votel said, adding that he believes the Saudis are adopting American-style procedures to limit civilian casualties. "Many of these changes have touched US security interests".
After decades of imposing draconian rules and regulations on women, Saudi Arabia finally appears to be moving towards making life a little bit easier for its female population.
Washington pulled most of its remaining troops from the kingdom from 2003 and transferred its regional military headquarters to Qatar, while continuing military cooperation with Riyadh. "But without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible".
Saudi officials, comparably to President Trump, Israeli officials, and many GOP leaders, agree that the Obama deal with Iran does not limit Iran's nuclear capacity but merely delays Iran's quest for nuclear weapons, while ignoring Iran's other activities, such as supporting Shia militias.
The president will point to Russia's support for Bashar Assad's government in Syria and its decision to block a United Nations Security Council resolution in February that would have put pressure on Iran for allegedly violating an arms embargo on Houthi insurgents in Yemen.