"Mr Trump is very angry with some countries for not being able to replace the Iranian oil and has expressed this anger in his remarks to the Saudi king and to OPEC for not increasing output", he said. As crude oil prices reach a four-year high, Mr. Trump repeatedly has demanded OPEC and Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, push prices down.
Just a few days after the Algiers meeting, Trump blamed OPEC for high oil prices at the UN General Assembly in NY. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. Trump said. "I love the king, King Salman, but I said, 'King, we're protecting you". 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 United States allies to keep American bases in their countries.
US President Donald Trump (C) receives the Order of Abdulaziz al-Saud medal from Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (R) at the Saudi Royal Court in Riyadh on May 20, 2017.
Trump has repeatedly vaunted the might of the U.S. military and the country's role as the "protector". Would you say they're rich?
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Criticizing America's longstanding military relationships with allies has been a hallmark of Mr. Trump's presidential campaign and his time in office.
There was no immediate reaction Wednesday in Saudi Arabia to Mr. Trump's remarks.
US crude inventories rose by 907,000 barrels in the week to September 28, to 400.9 million barrels, the American Petroleum Institute said Tuesday, ahead of Wednesday's official supply report from the US Energy Information Administration due at 1430 GMT. "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", Trump said.
Trump has also pressed other USA allies, such as Japan, South Korea and Germany, to take more of the financial burden of their defence.