Viral Mag – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has brushed aside United States President Donald Trump’s warning that the oil-rich kingdom’s leadership might not last “two weeks” without American military support, saying that his country existed decades before the USA. In an interview with Bloomberg, an American news service, he underscored that Riyadh “will pay nothing” to Washington for Saudi Arabia’s security, adding that “all the armaments we have from the United States of America are paid for, it’s not free armament [More]
Bloomberg said the interview took place at royal palace in Riyadh on Wednesday. The news service circulated it on Friday. “You know, you have to accept that any friend will say good things and bad things,” when he was asked for his reaction to Trump’s harsh comments. “You cannot have 100 percent friends saying good things about you, even in your family. You will have some misunderstandings. So we put that in that category,” he said.
“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’,” Trump said.
Pressed on how he would regard Trump’s humiliating rhetoric against Saudi Arabia, the crown prince described the controversial remarks as a “bad issue” offset by “99 percent of good things.”there since 1744, I believe more than 30 years before the United States of America, And I believe, and I’m sorry if anyone misunderstands that, but I believe President (Barack) Obama, in his eight years, he worked against many of our agenda – not (only) in Saudi Arabia, but also in the Middle East. And even though the USA worked against our agenda we were able to protect our interests. And the end result is that we succeeded, and the United States of America under the leadership of President Obama failed, for example in Egypt. So Saudi Arabia needs something like around 2,000 years to maybe face some dangers.”
“Actually, we will pay nothing for our security,” the prince said, explaining that what Riyadh pays the USA for is weapons purchases, which have increased since Trump’s election.
Ever since the relationship started between Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, we’ve bought everything with money, he further said, adding that since Trump came to power, the kingdom decided to purchase over 60 percent of its needed armament from the USA for the next 10 years.
The 33-year-old crown prince went on to say that Saudi Arabia had agreed to buy $110 billion worth of USA weapons and signed investment deals worth billions more, some $400 billion in total, since Trump took office in early 2017, and described the deals as a good achievement” for Trump.