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Trump Spoke to Saudi Crown Prince Before Oil Production Hike

  • Call with Mohammed Bin Salman was before Saudis increased flow
  • U.S. is being pulled into the Saudi oil-price war with Russia
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Crown Prince Mohammed bin SalmanPhotographer: Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images
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U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Mohammed bin Salman by phone before the Saudi crown prince escalated the oil-price war Tuesday by increasing production, according to two people familiar with the call.

The discussion comes as Saudi Arabia and Russia engage in a battle of economic might over the global oil market, and pull in the U.S. shale industry as a result.