Trump says Saudi King wouldn't last two weeks without U.S. support

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US President Donald Trump has said he told Saudi Arabia's King Salman he would not last in power "for two weeks" without US military support.

Oil traded below a four-year high on Wednesday as top exporter Saudi Arabia said it increased output to near a record high and after Reuters reported that Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia had struck a private deal in September to pump more. Trump discussed with King Salman efforts to maintain supplies to ensure oil market stability as crude prices are rising.

Trump, facing political pressure at home, has been calling on OPEC and allies like Saudi Arabia to boost their production to lower global crude oil prices.

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in NY last month, Trump accused OPEC members of "ripping off the rest of the world".

The US military was stationed in Saudi Arabia from the first Gulf War against Iraq in 1990 to 2003, when then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced pullout.

Trump has yet to demand payment for keeping United States troops in the oil-rich region, but the U.S. president did urge them to lower oil prices in return for security last week.

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Speaking at a West Virginia rally for local candidates of his Republican Party on Saturday, the president also criticised Japan and South Korea over the same issue. However, analysts are warning prices could go up to $100 a barrel as the world's production is already stretched and Mr. Trump's sanctions on Iran's oil industry take effect in early November.

"We protect Saudi Arabia", Trump proclaimed at a rally in Southaven, Mississippi. 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.

Saudi Arabia has always been a major buyer of USA weaponry, spending billions of dollars on advanced systems, a point Trump was keen to make when Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman visited the White House in March.

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. "Not good. We want them to stop raising prices, we want them to start lowering prices", he said.

Trump did not say when he made those remarks to the Saudi monarch.

The Trump administration has had a close relationship with Saudi Arabia.

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