The US president Donald Trump knows the art to remain in the news through the controversial speeches, statement and tweets. He has perfected the art to embarrass his close aides, friends and allies. In his latest speech in the state of Mississippi, he embarrassed his close ally Saudi king for saying he would not last "for two weeks" without US military support. He was speaking in an election rally.
"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.
This is a grim warning from the president of world’s strongest country to its ally. It shows that how vulnerable is the Saudi monarchy with increased differences and infighting within the royal family. Saudi Arabia is also involved in a war in Yemen which he failed to win so far.
This statement comes at the time when the tensions in Middle East are on the rise. The Trump administration is targeting the Iranian regime. It is not a secret any more that Trump administration is working on a plan of a regime change in Iran. It seems that Trump warned the Saudi king not to cross the red lines in its policies in the region.
This statement from President Trump raised questions about the presence of American forces in Saudi Arabia. This statement put the Saudi king in an awkward position. The US military was stationed in Saudi Arabia from the first Gulf War against Iraq in 1990 to 2003.The Bush administration claimed to withdraw the American troops from Saudi Arabia.
The presence of the US military in Saudi Arabia is the matter of great concern for the Muslims around the world. The two most sacred and holiestplaces in Islam - Mecca and Medina situated in Saudia Arabia which made it a special place for the Muslims.
The Al-Qaeda used the presence of American forces in Saudi Arabia to launch a violent armed campaign for the over through of the monarchy. The militants organized many terrorists activities in the Saudi Arabia to destablise the country.
President Trump is not happy over the increased oil prices in the world market. He criticised the oil producing countries for this price hike. Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producing country in the world and enjoys considerable influence in the organization of oil producing countries known as OPEC.
Trump called King Salman on Saturday to discuss efforts to maintain supplies to ensure oil market stability and global economic growth, according to Saudi state news agency SPA. The Trump made this statement recently on the oil prices, "We defend many of these nations for nothing, and then they take advantage of us by giving us high oil prices. Not good. We want them to stop raising prices; we want them to start lowering prices."
Oil prices are on the rise. A barrel of oil currently costs about $75, continuing a steady increase over the past year. The price per barrel was around $50 in October 2017.
By Khalid Bhatti ACE News