US Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he would consider stopping American oil purchases from Saudi Arabia unless the Saudi government provide troops to fight the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group.
Trump made the comment on Friday during a lengthy foreign policy interview published by the New York Times newspaper on Saturday and came in response to a question about whether, if elected president, he would halt oil purchases from US allies unless they provided on-the-ground forces against Daesh.
Trump has previously said the United States should be reimbursed by the countries it provides protection, especially those with vast resources such as Saudi Arabia, a top oil exporter.
“And yet, without us, Saudi Arabia wouldn’t exist for very long,” Trump told the Times. “We’re not being reimbursed for the kind of tremendous service that we’re performing by protecting various countries. Now Saudi Arabia’s one of them.”