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Trump Embraces $50 Billion Investment, but Is It Worth the Saudi Ties?

As camera lights flashed, President-elect Donald J. Trump strode across the lobby of Trump Tower with Masayoshi Son, the colorful Japanese entrepreneur, in December.

“This is Masa of SoftBank from Japan,” Mr. Trump said before boasting that Mr. Son’s SoftBank — which is in the process of amassing a giant $100 billion fund — had pledged to invest $50 billion in the United States and would create 50,000 jobs here.

“He’s one of the great men of industry, so I just want to

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