SHAFAQNA- Donald Trump has warned Saudi Arabia’s King Salman he would not last “two weeks” without the backing of the US military. But Bin Salman noted that the two-week timeframe was “not accurate,” as Saudi Arabia existed long before the United States of America was a country. “Saudi Arabia needs something like around 2,000 years to maybe face some dangers,” he quipped.
The Prince countered Trump’s accusation that Saudi Arabia isn’t paying for U.S. military support. “We believe that all the armaments we have from the United States of America are paid for, it’s not free armament and so ever since the relationship started between Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, we’ve bought everything with money,” he said.
At a Mississippi campaign rally, Trump took a jab at Riyadh and said the country would not last “two weeks” if Washington withdrew its military support. “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’,” Trump said.
Bin Salman love working with Trump
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman praised his relationship with President Donald Trump, days after the U.S. leader warned that the oil-rich kingdom’s leadership might not last “two weeks” without American support.
“I love working with him (Trump),” the crown-prince told the US-based Bloomberg publication, adding that the two leaders had “achieved a lot in the Middle East, especially against extremism, extremist ideologies, terrorism and Daesh (the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant)”.
The 33-year-old said it was normal for allies to have disagreements and one must ultimately accept that “any friend will say good things and bad things”
So, you cannot have 100 percent friends saying good things about you, even in your family. You will have misunderstandings. So, we put that in that category.
As to whether the relationship between Riyadh and Washington has changed, bin Salman said no,Sputnik News reported.
It was not the first time that Trump had criticized Saudi
It was not the first time that Trump had criticised Saudi Arabia over the issue. As early as 2015, Trump said Saudi Arabia should have to pay more if it wants US protection.
It’s a theme he’s been sounding for years, tweeting in March 2015 that if Saudi Arabia “wants our help and protection, they must pay dearly! NO FREEBIES.” And it’s not restricted to Saudi Arabia: In his speech to the UN General Assembly last month, the president said the U.S. expected “other countries to pay their fair share.”
In his speech to the UN General Assembly, the US president in a similar vein cautioned other unnamed countries against taking advantage of the United States, Al Jazeera News reported.
Trump has increased his verbal attacks on OPEC as global benchmark Brent crude oil has risen to a four-year high. At the United Nations last month, Trump said OPEC was “ripping off the rest of the world” with crude prices, now about $85 a barrel. He warned that “we are not going to put up with these horrible prices much longer.”
Trump has heaped particular pressure on Saudi Arabia, the world’s top exporter of crude, to do more to ease prices, by linking the American military presence in the Persian Gulf to the kingdom’s oil-production policy.
In his comments about King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Trump appeared to be referring to a telephone call a week ago between the two leaders. Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported that the pair discussed efforts to maintain supplies to ensure the stability of the oil market and the growth of the global economy.
Trump, in an effort to pile pressure on one of America’s closest allies over the rising cost of oil, called on the kingdom to increase its defence budget or face an uncertain future, Independent noticed.
The US and Saudi Arabia maintain close military ties
Riyadh has worked to cultivate warm relations with the US president after having rocky moments with his predecessor, Barack Obama.
Saudi Arabia welcomed Mr Trump for his first overseas trip as president.
The US and Saudi Arabia maintain close military ties, including in counter-terror operations against ISIS in the Middle East.
Following a 2017 summit in Riyadh, both countries agreed to increase cooperation on maritime security, military preparedness, arms transfers, and cyber security.
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