US President Donald Trump said Tuesday night that Saudi Arabia's king "might not be there for two weeks" without US military support, as he sought to pressure the close American ally over rising oil prices.
Trump did not specify when he made the remarks to the Saudi monarch but they come on the back of increasing oil prices in the US.
Trump added that he had spoken to Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Saturday to make the same point, the AFP news agency reported.
In addition to lowering oil prices, Trump has called on close US allies to shoulder more of the cost of defense spending, but Tuesday warning marked the most serious criticism of Riyadh. Trump said, in his -N General Assembly speech in NY last month, that OPEC members were ripping off the rest of the world.
Oil prices have risen in recent weeks ahead of U.S. sanctions on Iran - set to be imposed early next month. But I said 'King, we're protecting you, you might not be there for two weeks without us. Would you say they're rich?
The US military was stationed in Saudi Arabia from the first Gulf War against Iraq in 1990 to 2003, when then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced pullout.
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"We're meeting every single demand for barrels", Al-Falih said.
Saudi Arabia has always been a major buyer of US weaponry, spending billions of dollars on advanced systems, a point Trump was keen to make when Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman visited the White House in March.
Criticizing America's longstanding military relationships with allies has been a hallmark of Mr. Trump's presidential campaign and his time in office.
Saudi Arabia was the United States leader's first stop during his first global tour as president past year.
There was no immediate reaction Wednesday in Saudi Arabia to Mr. Trump's remarks.
Brent crude oil was trading at $84.65 (£65.09) per barrel this afternoon, having dropped from a high of $85.33 earlier in the day and near the four-year high it reached on Monday. "But we don't get what we should be getting", he said at a rally in West Virginia.