Official portrait, 2021
Official portrait, 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump with the King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh, May 2017.
Colonel Lloyd Austin in 1998
Mattis addressing Marines at Camp Commando, Kuwait during Operation Enduring Freedom in February 2003.
King Ibn Saud converses with President Franklin D. Roosevelt on board the USS Quincy, after the Yalta Conference in 1945.
General Austin in 2016
Official portrait as Supreme Allied Commander Transformation
President Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon with their host, King Saud of Saudi Arabia, at the Mayflower Hotel in 1957
Austin in a meeting with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Lieutenant General David Barno, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2003
Letter written by Mattis on the eve of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, addressed to members of the 1st Marine Division
King Saud and John Kennedy meet at the king's mansion in Palm Beach, Florida in 1962
General Lloyd Austin, commander of United States Forces-Iraq with General James Mattis, commander of United States Central Command, during the United States Forces-Iraq end of mission ceremony on December 15, 2011. Both would later serve as Secretaries of Defense.
Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Admiral Mike Mullen and General Mattis in Baghdad, Iraq, September 2010
King Fahd with U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Ivana and Donald Trump in 1985. The U.S. and Saudi Arabia supplied money and arms to the anti-Soviet fighters in Afghanistan.
General Lloyd Austin with President Barack Obama at MacDill Air Force Base, September 17, 2014
General Lloyd Austin and Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph R. Allen greet Mattis as he arrives in Baghdad for the end-of-mission ceremony in December 2011.
U.S. President George W. Bush and Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in Crawford, Texas, April 25, 2002
General Lloyd Austin with Lieutenant General Charles Q. Brown Jr. during the Air Forces Central Command change of command ceremony at Shaw Air Force Base, June 29, 2015.
Mattis with President Trump and Vice President Pence
Former Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in the White House.
Mattis with Finnish president Sauli Niinistö in Helsinki, Finland, in November 2017
Prince Mohammad bin Salman with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington, D.C., June 13, 2016
Mattis and Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli at NATO headquarters in Brussels, February 2018
Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his advisor Ahmad Asiri (blamed for Khashoggi's death) meeting U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, July 2016
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin with U.S. President Joe Biden at The Pentagon on February 10, 2021.
Mattis with Indonesian president Joko Widodo during a visit to Jakarta, Indonesia, in January 2018.
Protesters against the U.S.-backed Saudi-led war on Yemen were led away handcuffed by New York police outside the U.S. mission to the UN on December 11, 2017
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin hosts Saudi prince Khalid bin Salman at the Pentagon, July 6, 2021
Mattis and Australian Minister for Defense Marise Payne visiting Victoria Barracks in Sydney, Australia, June 2017.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Saudi Prince Khalid bin Salman, July 2021
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin with Commander of U.S. Forces Japan Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider at Yokota Air Force Base.
Mattis and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in April 2017
Visa page from Saeed al-Ghamdi's Kingdom of Saudi Arabia passport recovered from the United Airlines Flight 93 crash site
Austin meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on June 25, 2021
Mattis with Saudi Arabia's prince Mohammad in March 2017
15 out of 19 September 11 terrorists were Saudi Arabia nationals
Mattis and Tillerson with Chinese General Fang Fenghui and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, June 2017
Protest against U.S. involvement in the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen, March 2018
Austin during his tenure as Director of the Joint Staff in 2009.
Mattis receiving the Distinguished Military Leadership Award from Michael Mullen at the annual Atlantic Council Awards Gala in Washington, D.C.
Jamal Khashoggi (left) at a 2018 Project on Middle East Democracy forum in Washington, D.C.
Commander of Central Command General Lloyd Austin with Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Philip M. Breedlove during strategic dialogue meeting at the National War College, May 8, 2014.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with King Salman of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, August 25, 2016
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at NATO headquarters in Brussels, April 14, 2021.
U.S. Navy has actively participated in the Saudi-led naval blockade of Yemen.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin during a visit to West Point Military Academy on May 22, 2021.
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with King Salman in Riyadh, January 2015
Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on April 24, 2022
U.S. President Donald Trump, King Salman, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, May 2017
Protest against the war in Yemen in New York City on August 14, 2020

Austin was preceded as CENTCOM Commander by General James Mattis, whom Austin would later succeed as Secretary of Defense.

- Lloyd Austin

Mattis retired in March 2013, and the Defense Department nominated General Lloyd Austin to succeed him.

- Jim Mattis

On February 19, 2021, Austin spoke to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, saying that "We discussed the continued commitment to the 70-year US-Saudi security partnership, and I'm looking forward to working together to achieve regional security and stability."

- Lloyd Austin

In a January 2017 phone call with Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mattis "reaffirmed the importance of the US–Saudi Arabia strategic relationship".

- Jim Mattis

In January 2017, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis "reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.–Saudi Arabia strategic relationship".

- Saudi Arabia–United States relations

On February 19, 2021, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, saying that they "discussed the continued commitment to the 70-year US-Saudi security partnership".

- Saudi Arabia–United States relations
Official portrait, 2021

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