The Saudi Arabian monarchy would fall "within two weeks" if it wasn't for the military support that the United States has provided to the Gulf kingdom over the decades, Donald Trump noted in graceless remarks to the King.
Trump's remarks followed a conversation between him and the Saudi monarch on Saturday.
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.
In addition to lowering oil prices, Trump has called on close US allies to shoulder more of the cost of defense spending, but Tuesday warning marked the most serious criticism of Riyadh.
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Trump criticized oil producers in his speech before the U.N. General Assembly last week. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. "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".
In this photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency, King Salman attends a swearing in ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on November 6, 2017.
Trump continued the pressure campaign at a campaign rally in MS on Tuesday, where he offered some details about the conversation. Would you say they're rich?
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"I love Saudi Arabia".
The US crude oil price is pausing for breath after its strong advance ahead of US sanctions on Iran, which take effect on November 4.
"We're meeting every single demand for barrels", Al-Falih said.
The climb in oil prices comes even as Saudi Arabia reported, according to Reuters, that its oil production is near a record. "But we don't get what we should be getting", he said at a rally in West Virginia. "We defend many of these nations for nothing, and then they take advantage of us by giving us high oil prices".
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He has also pressed other US allies, such as Japan, South Korea and Germany, to take more of the financial burden of their defense.