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Trump Stands by Saudis, Then He Thanks Them

For our low oil prices
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2018 9:44 AM CST
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for a ceremony to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – President Trump on Tuesday expressed that, despite Jamal Khashoggi's murder, the US stands by Saudi Arabia. It's a sentiment that's not going over entirely well, both within his own party and without. And it's one that got amplified Wednesday, by way of a tweet in which Trump publicly thanked the country for a drop in oil prices. It reads, "Oil prices getting lower. Great! Like a big Tax Cut for America and the World. Enjoy! $54, was just $82. Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let's go lower!" The latest:

  • Fox News reports Trump on Nov. 12 tweeted that "hopefully" Saudi Arabia wouldn't cut its production, and that the drop in prices is due to a bump in production by it, the US, and Russia. Oil prices are also not yet feeling the full impact of the sanctions Trump imposed on Iran one week prior to that, as several countries remain able to purchase oil from Iran for six months due to a waiver.
  • The AP reports that after sharing his decision not to "foolishly" cancel arms contracts with Saudi Arabia, a reporter questioned whether human rights are too costly to fight for. "No, I'm not saying that at all," replied Trump, who then moved to discuss the "terrorist nation" of Iran.

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