By Staff Reporter, TDN World: Known for his bombastic statement hurled against the opposition, U.S. President Donald Trump this time warned Saudi Arabia, a close ally of U.S. who maintained good relationship over long years, saying that Saudi king Salman would not last in power “for two weeks” without U.S. military support.
“We protect Saudi Arabia. Would you say they’re rich. And I love the king, King Salman. But I said ‘King – e’re protecting you- you might not be there for two weeks without us – you have to pay for your military,” News agency Reuters quoted Trump as saying at a rally in Southhaven, Mississippi.
Trump did not give any particularity of the conversation but it seemed to be referring to a telephone call he had on Saturday with king Salman bin Abdulaziz.
According to a Saudi TV, the pair had discussion over the issue concerned with oil supply and oil market and about the growth of the global economy.
In September’s UN General Assembly meet Trump expressed his concern over hike in oil price and made criticism over members of the OPEC countries. He said, “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.
Relationship between U.S. and Saudi has a crucial role play as both of this two countries are at loggerheads with Iran. They have also maintained strong economical ties. Saudi Arabia also remains US’ highest buyer of military armaments