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 Mississippi on Tuesday.
“We protect Saudi Arabia. Would you say they’re rich? And I love the king, King Salman. But I said ‘King – we’re protecting you – you might not be there for two weeks without us – you have to pay for your military,'” the president said to cheers at the rally.
Trump did not say when he made those remarks to the Saudi monarch, but they come amid increasing oil prices in the US.