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Donald Trump says he’s 'not a big fan' of Saudi Arabia

US billionaire and potential US presidential candidate is outspoken on Middle East views in interview

Donald Trump says he’s 'not a big fan' of Saudi Arabia

Billionaire and potential US Presidential candidate Donald Trump has said he’s “not a big fan” of Saudi Arabia.

In the latest of his controversial comments, the sixty-nine-year-old tycoon said in a lengthy interview on NBC's Meet the Press that not only is he not a fan of the Kingdom, but the US has paid too much to “back them up”.

“The primary reason we're with Saudi Arabia is because we need the oil,” Trump said. “Now we don't need the oil so much, and if we let our people really go, we wouldn't need the oil at all and we could let everybody else fight it out.”

His most recent comments are quite similar to what he said when he announced his candidacy for the Presidential nomination, when he said Saudi Arabia is in “big, big trouble” as a result of its staunch policy on oil production.

In the NBC interview, which aired over the weekend, Trump said Saudi Arabia was going to need assistance with its military campaign in Yemen.

“Saudi Arabia is going to be in big trouble pretty soon and they're going to need help, because if you look at Yemen and you look at that border, you don't have to be an expert to know that is one long border, and they're not going in for Yemen, they're going in for the oil, they're going in for Saudi Arabia, so Saudi Arabia is going to need help,” Trump said in the US television interview.

He also said that he would honour the Iran nuclear deal. “It's tough to say 'rip up the deal' because I'm a deal person,” he said.

“I would have told them up front you'll never get your $150 billion back. They are going to be such a wealthy, such a powerful nation, they're going to have nuclear weapons. They are going to take over parts of the world that you wouldn't believe. And I think it's going to lead to nuclear holocaust.

“And I will say this, the people that negotiated that deal, namely Kerry and his friends, are incompetent.”

In the fight against ISIL, Trump said it was important to tackle their source of income.

“You take away their wealth," he said. "You go and knock the hell out of the oil. Take back the oil."

Proud Saudi 4 years ago

Whether he's right or wrong such comments & ideology are too extreme for a presidential candidate that could potentially be president. I hope his campaign does well all the way to the end & loses by a small margin less than gore. Hopefully he would have spent that billion he mentioned earlier & goes bankrupt again..

igk 4 years ago

Donald Trump says he’s 'not a big fan' of Saudi Arabia - Is Khalaf Habtoor listening.....

Simon 4 years ago

It really doesn't matter who gets in...it will be business as usual. Both parties are indistinguishible from one another. They appear to say different things but they always end up on the same path.

Trump at least openly says he donated to each party to advance his business dealings...and made a point of saying Clinton jumped to his tune when asked. He said this openly, live on stage.

He basically stated Washington was corrupt and easily bribed. That bit of truth should be applauded at least.

Bush & Clinton are just puppets playing to the tune of Corporatism...which is basically what the USA is...a Corporate nation, run by Corporates...for a Corporate Empire

SA1 4 years ago

This is also an open admission that US had been influencing this region.

So is this an acceptance that their actions / Foreign Policy has made this region so unstable?

H.T. 4 years ago

Trump doesnt have much fans of his own - not within his country and certainly not within his own party.

Kettle calling the pot black.

Amer 4 years ago

Loved your comment brother ! It's really refreshing to see a smart comment coming from a Proud Saudi.