Despite political differences and specific differences, U.S. and Saudi officials have long preferred continuity of bilateral relations to dramatic strategic changes, despite calls from some Saudis and Americans for fundamental changes. The Trump administration, like its predecessors, engages the Saudi government as a strategic partner to promote regional security and global economic stability. President Trump wants to strengthen U.S. relations with Saudi leaders,7 a pretext that has been strained under President George W. Bush`s administration on Issues relating to Iraq and terrorism and during President Obama`s tenure, due to differences over reactions to regional unrest and U.S. policy toward Iran. The most damaging event ever to affect saudi-U.S. trade relations occurred on September 11, 2001, due to Saudi Arabia`s alleged involvement in the September 11 attacks that took place in several U.S. cities. Tensions between the two nations also rose under President Barack Obama due to the U.S. deal in Iran, when the U.S. lifted oil sanctions on Iran and allowed them to sell their oil to the United States.
This relationship was also hampered by the 2014 oil crash, fueled by increased shale oil production in the United States, which resulted in a nearly fifty percent drop in Saudi oil exports.  Oil rose from about $110 a barrel before the 2014 crash to about $27 a barrel in early 2016.  This relationship deteriorated after U.S. law passed a law allowing victims of the 11-11 attacks to sue the Saudi government for its losses in 2016.  Signed a mutual nuclear cooperation agreement between Saudi and South Korea, including a memorandum of understanding on the construction of two small reactors for saudi water desalination. Such legislation has a precedent; Bills introduced in the House of Representatives and Sente in 2010 would have approved Agreement 123 between the United States and Australia. See CRS Report R41312, U.S.-Australia Civilian Nuclear Cooperation: Issues for Congress, by Mary Beth D. Nikitin and Bruce Vaughn. The FY2020 Further Consolidated Appropriations Act prohibits the use of misappropriated funds to support the export bank of imports to Saudi Arabia until Saudi Arabia has an agreement in force pursuant to Section 123 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 as amended (AEA, 22 U.S.C 2011 et seq.); undertakes to renounce the enrichment and processing of uranium; and signed an Additional Protocol to its Comprehensive Security Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (Section 7041[h] of Division G, P.L. . . .