GOP front-runner Donald Trump says that if he's president, the United States will stop buying Saudi Oil unless they step up and start fighting ISIS on the ground.
“The answer is, probably yes,” Trump said when the NY Times posed the question to him.
“We protect countries, and take tremendous monetary hits on protecting countries. That would include Saudi Arabia, but it would include many other countries, as you know. We have, there’s a whole big list of them. We lose, everywhere. We lose monetarily, everywhere,” Trump said before pointing out just how badly Saudi Arabia needs the US.
“And yet, without us, Saudi Arabia wouldn’t exist for very long,” he said. “It would be, you know, a catastrophic failure without our protection.”
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“We have been disrespected, mocked, and ripped off for many, many years by people that were smarter, shrewder, tougher,” Trump told the NY Times. “We were the big bully, but we were not smartly led. And we were the big bully who was the big, stupid bully, and we were systematically ripped off by everybody.”
The Republican hopeful has previously feuded with Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal.
“You are a disgrace not only to the GOP but to all America. Withdraw from the U.S presidential race as you will never win,” Talal tweeted at Trump back in December.
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“Dopey Prince @Alwaleed_Talal wants to control our U.S. politicians with daddy’s money. Can’t do it when I get elected,” Trump retorted.
During the NY Times interview, Trump also accused NATO of being obsolete and ineffective of fighting terrorism.
“Right now we don’t have somebody looking at terror, and we should be looking at terror. It has to be changed. It has to be changed to include terror,” Trump said.