Saudi Arabia, a close ally of the United States, was taken aback by President Donald Trump’s undiplomatic remark on the kingdom. Trump, during a rally in Southaven, Mississippi said, “I warned Saudi Arabia’s King Salman he would not last in power “for two weeks” without the backing of the US military.”
He added, “We protect Saudi Arabia. Would you say they’re rich. And I love the King, King Salman. But I said ‘King – we’re protecting you – you might not be there for two weeks without us – you have to pay for your military.”
However, the President did not mention the time he made these harsh remarks to the Saudi king.
These statements came as a surprise to the world, as Trump administration has had close diplomatic ties with Saudi Arabia. The US also sees the kingdom as a fortification against Iran’s actions in the region.
Last year, Trump made his first stop in Saudi Arabia, as part of this maiden international trip.
Saudi state news agency SPA, recently, reported that Trump called King Salman for discussing the action-plan and efforts towards upholding supplies, which will further ensure oil market stability and steady global economic growth.
Saudi Arabia is the world’s leading oil producer and exporter. Its is also the de facto leader of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which has been denounced by Trump for high oil prices.
Addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York last month, Trump stated that OPEC members were “as usual ripping off the rest of the world.”
“We defend many of these nations for nothing, and then they take advantage of us by giving us high oil prices. Not good. We want them to stop raising prices, we want them to start lowering prices,” Trump said.
He has also urged other US alliance, including Japan, South Korea and Germany, to take more of the financial load of their defense.
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