You wouldn’t last two weeks without us, Donald Trump tells Saudi king

You wouldn’t last two weeks without us, Donald Trump tells Saudi king

You wouldn’t last two weeks without us, Donald Trump tells Saudi king

The Saudi Arabian monarchy would fall "within two weeks" if it wasn't for the military support that the U.S. has provided to the Gulf kingdom over the decades, Donald Trump noted in graceless remarks to the King.

"I love the king, King Salman, but I said, 'King, we're protecting you, '" Trump says at a campaign rally in MS, without elaborating on when he spoke to King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

Oil prices remain firm on Iran sanctions, with both West Texas Intermediate crude oil, the US benchmark, and Brent crude, the global benchmark, trading at multiyear highs.

Criticizing America's longstanding military relationships with allies has been a hallmark of Mr. Trump's presidential campaign and his time in office.

Trump did not say when he made those remarks to the Saudi monarch, but they come amid increasing oil prices in the US.

As crude oil prices reach a four-year high, Mr. Trump repeatedly has demanded OPEC and Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, push prices down.

US President Donald Trump told his supporters that Saudi Arabia and its king would not last two weeks in power without American support.


Brent crude rose almost 2 percent after hitting a four-year high on Wednesday as the market focused on upcoming USA sanctions on Iran while shrugging off the year's largest weekly build in US crude stockpiles and reports of higher Saudi Arabian and Russian production.

Saudi Arabia will pump 10.7 million bpd of oil in October and will slightly raise this level in November, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said at an energy forum in Moscow on Wednesday. Would you say they are rich? Trump and King Salman last shared a reported telephone call on Saturday.

Trump made Saudi Arabia his first stop on his maiden worldwide trip as president a year ago.

Meanwhile, U.S. gasoline prices are up ahead of November midterm elections in which Trump already faces political headwinds. "We defend many of these nations for nothing, and then they take advantage of us by giving us high oil prices".

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in NY last month, Trump accused OPEC members of "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.

Trump has also pressed other United States allies, such as Japan, South Korea and Germany, to take more of the financial burden of their defence.

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