President Donald Trump says US military forces will stay in the Middle East to ensure the security of its close ally, Israel, days after he suggested that the occupying entity will have to “leave” the region without Riyadh’s support.
“We have reached a point where we don’t have to stay in the Middle East. One reason to stay is Israel,” Trump said in an exclusive interview with The Washington Post published on Wednesday.
Trump said that oil production was no longer a reason to stay in the region as lower oil prices lead to reduced reliance on Saudi Arabia.
“Oil is becoming less and less of a reason because we’re producing more oil now than we’ve ever produced. So, you know, all of a sudden it gets to a point where you don’t have to stay there,” he explained.
Last week, Trump said the US would “remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the…