U.S President Donald Trump has said that Saudi Arabia might have to pay if it wants continuing US presence in Syria.
“We’ve almost completed that task [of defeating ISIL] and we’ll be making a determination very quickly, in coordination with others in the area, as to what we’ll do,” said TrumpA�on TuesdayA�during a White House press conference with leaders from three Baltic nations.
“Saudi Arabia is very interested in our decision, and I said, ‘Well, you know, you want us to stay, maybe you’re going to have to pay’.”
Trump spokeA�on MondayA�with the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, over the phone to discuss a range of regional issues, including a peace plan between Israelis and Palestinians and opportunities to strengthen the American-Saudi strategic partnership.
But the White House statement of the call, releasedA�on Tuesday, did not mention any discussion about Saudi Arabia’s boosting funding for US military efforts in Syria.
Similarly, a White House readout of his March 20 meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman made no mention of US military efforts in the region.