Middle East: Threatening Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, US President Donald Trump has said that if they do not reduce oil supplies, US military aid will be lost. He warned Riyadh that the United States was pushing Saudi Arabia to end its oil price war with Russia.
In a phone call to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on April 2, Trump said he would be unable to stop lawmakers from passing legislation to withdraw US troops from Saudi Arabia if OPEC, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, did not cut back on oil extraction.
The threat has turned 75 years of strategic relations between the two countries upside down. No such instance has been seen before. Oil demand has declined due to the Corona epidemic. So US pressure to cut oil supplies has led to a global deal. The White House has won diplomatically.
In this situation, US oil industry also collapsed
Trump threatened Prince Mohammed bin Salman 10 days before the announcement that Saudi Arabia would reduce oil extraction. Prince Salman, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, was shocked by this.
He instructed his aides to leave the room to continue their talks with Trump in secret. Trump’s talks with Yavaraj reflected his strong desire to protect companies after oil demand in the United States plummeted. The global economy has been paralyzed by the Corona outbreak. In this situation, the US oil industry also collapsed.
Earlier, Trump had criticized OPEC for cutting supplies and increasing American fuel costs. This time he went against him and threatened Yuvraj. A senior U.S. official told Reuters that the Trump administration had told Saudi leaders that there was no alternative to preventing Congress from imposing sanctions to force the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
They knew they would get in trouble
The Trump administration has told Saudi leaders on various diplomatic channels that while you are destroying our companies, we are protecting your industry. Reuters asked Trump about it in an interview at the White House on Wednesday, April 29. In response, he said he did not have to talk about it. I think Putin and the prince are both logical people. They knew they would get in trouble. Then it happened.
Asked what he said to Yuvraj, Trump said they were in a difficult position to make a deal. Then I spoke to him on the telephone and we were able to reach an agreement to reduce oil extraction.
A week before Trump’s phone call to Yuvraj, Republican senators Kevin Kramer and Dan Sullivan proposed a law withdrawing U.S. troops from Saudi Arabia. It said that if Saudi Arabia did not reduce its oil supplies, it would withdraw US air defenses and troops, including the Patriots.