Saudi king wouldn’t last 2 weeks without United States support: Donald Trump

Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud at a signing ceremony at the Saudi Royal Court in Riyadh

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman traveled to Kuwait last weekend to speak with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, reportedly about increasing oil production.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported the call, saying "the efforts to maintain supplies to ensure the stability of the oil market and ensure the growth of the global economy" were discussed by the two leaders. At a rally in MS on Tuesday, he said the Middle Eastern country wouldn't last two weeks without USA military protection. "You have to pay for your military, you have to pay'".

Trump criticized oil producers in his speech before the U.N. General Assembly last week. 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. "We defend many of these nations for nothing, and then they take advantage of us by giving us high oil prices".

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.

Despite the harsh words, the Trump administration has had a close relationship with Saudi Arabia, which it views as a bulwark against Iran's ambitions in the region.

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Iran, however, accused Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation of breaking OPEC's agreement on output cuts by producing more crude, adding that the two countries would not be able to produce enough oil to make up for a reduction in Iranian exports. "How about our military deals where we protect rich nations that we don't get reimbursed?"

Trump made Saudi Arabia his first stop on his maiden worldwide trip as president past year, shortly before Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia imposed a blockade on Qatar, alleging support of terror organisations and decrying what they see as its close relationship with Iran.

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

King Salman but I said, 'King, we are protecting you.

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