Saudi Arabia ‘should pay’ for US support, says Donald Trump
Saudi Arabia should compensate the United States for its assistance and services, Donald Trump, a United States Republican presidential hopeful and chairman of The Trump Organization told NBC’s Meet the Press program on Sunday.
“They should pay us,” he said. “Like it or don’t like it, people have backed Saudi Arabia. What I really mind though is we back it at tremendous expense. We get nothing for it.”
Trump claimed that the U.S. no longer needs the kingdom as it has become less dependent on oil. He stopped short of calling for the U.S. to cut diplomatic ties with Riyadh, and added that the kingdom would soon need help as it continues its fight against Houthi rebels in Yemen.
According to the U.S. Department of State, the country currently imports over one million barrels per day of oil from the kingdom.