I told Saudi king he wouldn't last without US support: Donald Trump

I told Saudi king he wouldn't last without US support: Donald Trump

I told Saudi king he wouldn't last without US support: Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said he told Saudi Arabia's King Salman he would not last in power "for two weeks" without US military support. "You have to pay for your military, you have to pay'". You might not be there for two weeks without us.

Falih, speaking at a Moscow energy conference, said Saudi Arabia was in weekly communication with Russian Federation to stabilise global oil markets, which have surged over the past few weeks.

"We protect Saudi Arabia", Trump proclaimed at a rally in Southaven, Mississippi.

Trump, facing political pressure at home, has been calling on OPEC and allies like Saudi Arabia to boost their production to lower global crude oil prices. While the kingdom's ties with the USA have improved under Trump, Tuesday's remarks were unusually harsh and appeared to question the stability of a monarchy in power since the 1930s. South Korea and Japan also have the USA to thank for stability in the Asian region, according to Trump, who previously demanded increased payments from United States allies to keep American bases in their countries.

Trump has yet to demand payment for keeping USA troops in the oil-rich region, but the U.S. president did urge them to lower oil prices in return for security last week. Trump and King Salman last shared a reported telephone call on Saturday.

Brent crude oil was trading at $84.65 (£65.09) per barrel this afternoon, having dropped from a high of $85.33 earlier in the day and near the four-year high it reached on Monday. U.S. gasoline prices are up ahead of November midterm elections.

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

He further added, "we defend many of these nations for nothing, and then they take advantage of us by giving us high oil prices".

The climb in oil prices comes even as Saudi Arabia reported, according to Reuters, that its oil production is near a record. Not good. We want them to stop raising prices.

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

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