Latest News Wires Obama defends close US relationship with Saudi Arabia

President Obama addressed concerns that Washington seems to give its most important Arab ally a pass on the terrorist funding that flows from the kingdom and about human rights abuses.

By , Associated Press

President Barack Obama defended the U.S. government's willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he led an array of current and former American statesmen in paying respects Tuesday following the death of King Abdullah.