DONALD Trump has declared Saudi Arabia would not exist “without the cloak of American protection” as he threatened to stop the US from buying its oil.
The brazen presidential hopeful said he would pull oil trade with the Sunni Kingdom unless the country’s government provides troops to fight the Islamic State.
Outlining his foreign policy, the Republican frontrunner also said America should be reimbursed by the countries it provides protection – including Saudi Arabia.
The billionaire’s candid comments came after the New York Times asked him if he would halt oil purchases from US allies unless they provided ground-based troops against the depraved death cult – also known as Daesh.
He said: “The answer is, probably yes.”
“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.”
If Saudi Arabia was without the cloak of American protection, I don’t think it would be around
The 69-year-old’s also claimed “Saudi Arabia wouldn’t exist for very long” without the US, despite being one of the world’s largest oil exporters.
He said: “If Saudi Arabia was without the cloak of American protection, I don’t think it would be around.”
His comments came just hours after he was ridiculed by stunned Britons for his TV interview with Piers Morgan.
Viewers reacted with shock as the presidential hopeful discussed issues ranging from Brexit to gun control on ITV on Friday.
One user labelled the entrepreneur “cringe worthy” as Trump “rambled on” about the golf course he built in Scotland.
The interview was branded “An hour of self promotion, weak answers & assertions” by user Jeremy Singer.
The interview with Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan was shown in full on ITV on Friday night.
Mr Trump spoke his mind about the recent terror attacks in Brussels.
He said: “I knew Brussels years ago and I was there three or four times, it was so beautiful and secure and safe and now it’s an armed camp.
“It’s a different world and place, there’s no assimilation. What’s going on there and in other countries is a disgrace.”