Saudi king wouldn’t last 2 weeks without United States support: Donald Trump

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US President Donald Trump said close ally Saudi Arabia and its king would not last "for two weeks" without US military support at a rally in MS on Tuesday.

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

"I love the king, King Salman, but I said, 'King, we're protecting you, '" Trump says at a campaign rally in MS, without elaborating on when he spoke to King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

Speaking at a campaign rally in Mississippi, Trump said, "I love the king, King Salman, but I said, 'King, we're protecting you". Saudi Arabia was the U.S. leader's first stop during his first worldwide tour as president previous year.

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As oil prices have risen above US$80 a barrel, Trump has heaped more pressure on the world's top exporter of crude to do more to subdue the market and reimburse the costs of American military presence in the region.

"If Iran is under sanctions, the price of oil would rise and Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia can not do anything to supply additional oil to the market", Iran's OPEC governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili was quoted as saying by SHANA, the oil ministry's news agency.

Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported that the pair discussed efforts to maintain supplies to ensure the stability of the oil market and the growth of the global economy. Since the kingdom rebuffed his calls last month for a rapid production increase to offset the impact of sanctions on Iran, the president has amplified his rhetoric.

Saudi Arabia welcomed Mr. Trump for his first overseas trip as president. The price hit $85.45 on Monday, its highest since November 2014.

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

USA crude inventories rose by 907,000 barrels, the American Petroleum Institute said on Tuesday, ahead of Wednesday's official supply report due at 1430 GMT.

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. South Korea and Japan also have the U.S. to thank for stability in the Asian region, according to Trump, who previously demanded increased payments from U.S. allies to keep American bases in their countries.

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