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Trump Says Saudi King Wouldn't Last Two Weeks Without U.S. Help

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Trump Says Saudi King Wouldn’t Last Two Weeks Without U.S. Help

President Donald Trump said the king of Saudi Arabia may not last two weeks without U.S. support, escalating pressure on one of his closest Arab allies to curb rising oil prices and pay for military protection.

“How about our military deals where we protect rich nations that we don’t get reimbursed?” Trump told a campaign rally in the U.S. state of Mississippi on Tuesday night. “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, you have to pay.’"