Trump Condemns Protective US Relationship with Saudi Arabia

Trump Condemns Protective US Relationship with Saudi Arabia
Sun Apr 3, 2016 15:37:01

US Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has denounced America’s protective relationship with Saudi Arabia, Press TV reported.

The billionaire businessman told a campaign rally in Racine, Wisconsin, on Saturday that the United States should be reimbursed by the countries it provides protection, especially those with vast resources such as Saudi Arabia, a top oil exporter.

"We take care of Saudi Arabia. Now nobody’s going to mess with Saudi Arabia because we’re watching them," he said.

"They’re not paying us a fair price. We’re losing our shirt," he said.

Trump Condemns Protective US Relationship with Saudi Arabia

Trump had earlier suggested that the United States should consider ditching Riyadh because Washington is increasingly getting less dependent on the Saudi Arabian oil.

“The primary reason we are with Saudi Arabia is because we need the oil,” Trump said in an interview last year. “Now, we don’t need the oil so much.”

“And, if we let our people really go, we wouldn’t need the oil at all,” Trump said of US energy industry. “And we could let everybody else fight it out.”

“Look, Saudi Arabia is going to be in big trouble pretty soon,” the billionaire businessman predicted. “And they’re going to need help.”

On Friday, Trump said, if elected president, he would consider stopping American oil purchases from Saudi Arabia unless the Saudi government provide troops to fight the Daesh (ISIS / ISIL) terrorist group.

"And yet, without us, Saudi Arabia wouldn't exist for very long," Trump said during a lengthy foreign policy interview published by the New York Times on Saturday.

"We’re not being reimbursed for the kind of tremendous service that we’re performing by protecting various countries. Now Saudi Arabia’s one of them," he added.

The billionaire businessman told the Times he was willing to rethink traditional US alliances should he become president.

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