Donald Trump isn’t the first U.S. president to maintain a questionable relationship with Saudi Arabia, but, “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver says, he may be the first who doesn’t view it as a compromise.

In the video player above, watch the comedian’s overview of the changes in U.S.-Saudi relations since Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (who rebranded himself as “MbS”) rose to power.

— Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

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