‘Decrease oil production or the US will withdraw its troops’, President Trump warned Saudi Arabia

This shows Trump’s desire to protect the US’ oil industry from a price meltdown as the virus continues to shut down economies worldwide.

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To get Saudi Arabia to end its oil price war with Russia, the United States (US) gave the Kingdom an ultimatum.

 

President of the US Donald Trump has told Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman that lawmakers would withdraw US troops from Saudi Arabia unless the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) starts decreasing oil production.

This proposition, to overturn a 75-years old strategic alliance, was important to the US as it led to a global deal to decrease oil supply since the demand for oil had declined during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The crown prince was given this message ten days prior to the announcement of the production cut. According to a media source, the threat caught the leader off guard, he ordered his assistants to leave the room so he could talk in private.

This shows Trump’s desire to protect the US’ oil industry from a price meltdown as the virus continues to shut down economies worldwide.

While talking to a news outlet, a senior US official said the Saudi leaders were warned that without production cuts, there wouldn’t be any way to stop the US from imposing restrictions, which could lead to a withdrawal of the US troops.

The official summarized the talks as telling Saudi leaders, ‘’we’re defending your industry, while you are destroying ours’’.

President Trump also responded to a question regarding this in an interview on Wednesday evening at the White House. When asked about what he said to the Crown Prince Mohammed, Trump said:

”They were having a hard time making a deal. And I met telephonically with him, and we were able to reach a deal for production cuts”.

When questioned about his ultimatum to the kingdom and threatening to pull out the US troops, POUS said that “I didn’t have to tell him.”
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