Trump says Saudi King wouldn't last two weeks without USA support

Trump told Saudi King he wouldn’t last ‘2 weeks’ without US support

Trump told Saudi King he wouldn’t last ‘2 weeks’ without US support

President Donald Trump made a harsh remark about Saudi Arabia which is its close ally, he warned Saudi Arabia's King Salman he would not last in power "for two weeks" without the backing of the USA military.

Speaking at a campaign rally in Mississippi, Trump said: "I love the king, King Salman, but I said, 'King, we're protecting you. You have to pay for your military, you have to pay.'" Whether or not he actually said this to the King is questionable, but the fact that he appears to be insulting the Saudi monarchy in public offers more evidence that he wants them to lower oil prices from today's highs. At the end of September, Trump reportedly called the Saudi King, and although the nature of that conversation was not disclosed, most oil watchers believed that the call was an attempt to pressure the Saudis into increasing oil supply. Saudi Arabia was the United States leader's first stop during his first worldwide tour as president previous year.

Iran accused Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation on Wednesday of breaking OPEC's agreement on output cuts by producing more crude, adding that the two countries would not be able to produce enough oil to make up for a reduction in Iranian exports. Despite the harsh words, the Trump administration has had a close relationship with Saudi Arabia, which it views as a bulwark against Iran's ambitions in the region.

Trump added that he had spoken to Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Saturday to make the same point, the AFP news agency reported.

The climb in oil prices comes even as Saudi Arabia reported, according to Reuters, that its oil production is near a record.




But oil prices seem to be getting in the way, especially as benchmark Brent crude oil is near $85 a barrel - a four-year high.

Trump made Saudi Arabia his first stop on his maiden global trip as president previous year.

Driving oil higher is a supply pinch as Iranian oil buyers like South Korea and India have started to scale back purchases ahead of the implementation of USA sanctions against Iran despite some sentiment that the sanctions won't stick.

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in NY last month, Trump said OPEC members were "as usual ripping off the rest of the world". They partially relaxed the cut in June, under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to cool prices.

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