Days after US President Donald Trump’s threat to Saudi Arabian King Salman of fall of the kingdom in two weeks if Washington withdraws its military support Riyadh bowed down in obedience.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the legal heir of the Kingdom and supposedly the most powerful person in the country, has praised his country’s relationship with the current US administration.
While speaking with US based Bloomberg news network, which is also loved by Donald Trump, Mohammed Bin Salman said, “I love working with him (Trump),” adding that the two leaders had “achieved a lot in the Middle East, especially against extremism, extremist ideologies, terrorism and Daesh”, (the Arabic acronym of ISIL).
Arguing his opinion the 33-year old MBS said it was normal for allies to have disagreements and one must ultimately accept that “any friend will say good things and bad things”.
He further said, “So, you cannot have 100 percent friends saying good things about you, even in your family. You will have misunderstandings. So, we put that in that category.”
On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump took a jab at Riyadh and said the country would not last “two weeks” if Washington withdrew its military support.
He was quoted saying at a Mississippi public meeting, “We protect Saudi Arabia. Would you say they’re rich? And I love the king, King Salman. But I said ‘King – we’re protecting you – you might not be there for two weeks without us’,” Trump said.
Trump had earlier asked the similar things in early 2015, saying that Riyadh should have to pay more if it wants US protection.
During his speech to the UN General Assembly, the US president in a similar vein cautioned other countries against taking advantage of the United States.
“Moving forward, we are only going to give foreign aid to those who respect us and, frankly, are our friends. And we expect other countries to pay their fair share for the cost of their defence,” Trump said at the time.
In May, Trump also hit out at its NATO partners at a summit in Brussels, saying that “23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they’re supposed to be paying for their defence.”