Common economic, security, and geopolitical interests are likely to maintain strong ties between the countries for the foreseeable future. Saudi government officials and businessmen, both royals and commoners, have deep ties to the United States. Saudi ministers, including those of finance and petroleum, have degrees from . universities. Fahad al-Mubarak, the central bank governor who controls over $700 billion in reserves, mostly in . Treasuries, was previously chairman of Morgan Stanley's unit in Saudi Arabia. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the kingdom's most famous billionaire investor, owns stakes in Citigroup and Twitter.
Moreover, it’s unlikely that the Saudis could pay for a $110 billion deal any longer, due to low oil prices and the two-plus years old war in Yemen. President Obama sold the kingdom $112 billion in weapons over eight years, most of which was a single, huge deal in 2012 negotiated by then-Secretary of Defense Bob Gates. To get that deal through Congressional approval, Gates also negotiated a deal with Israel to compensate the Israelis and preserve their qualitative edge over their Arab neighbors. With the fall in oil prices, the Saudis have struggled to meet their payments since.