Najib-Trump meeting ignores corruption scandal

US President Donald Trump escorts visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak into the White House on Tuesday, Washington time. (AP photo)

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump praised Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak for his country's financial investments in US companies during a meeting Tuesday at the White House and thanked him for helping to fight Islamic State militants.

Left unsaid by either leader: anything about the massive corruption scandal swirling around Najib's multibillion-dollar state fund.

Malaysia's government has said it found no criminal wrongdoing at the fund, called 1MDB and founded by Najib. But it has been at the centre of investigations in the US and several countries amid allegations of a global embezzlement and money-laundering scheme.

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