Trump Suddenly Announces Call With Dictator Friend

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Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed the lives of well over 5,000 Americans and counting, President Donald Trump appears concerned with protecting the oil industry. Amidst a spat between Russia and Saudi Arabia, the global oil market has been flooded with large amounts of supply, but demand has plummeted amidst the economic downturn sparked by attempts to stem the Coronavirus’s spread. That’s driven oil prices down across the board, which has affected U.S. producers. This Thursday, Trump said he’d just spoken about the issue with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — who he called his “friend,” although the leader ordered the execution of a U.S. resident journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump tweeted:

‘Just spoke to my friend MBS (Crown Prince) of Saudi Arabia, who spoke with President Putin of Russia, & I expect & hope that they will be cutting back approximately 10 Million Barrels, and maybe substantially more which, if it happens, will be GREAT for the oil & gas industry! …..Could be as high as 15 Million Barrels. Good (GREAT) news for everyone!’

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov actually denied that there was any conversation between his boss and the Saudi leadership, as Trump claimed. Trump himself spoke with Putin just the other day, seemingly at least in part about energy-related issues. Russia and Saudi Arabia have so far failed to come to an agreement to cut oil production in the face of the lowering demand and prices around the globe.

On Wednesday, Trump claimed to reporters:

‘I think that Saudi Arabia, Russia, they’re negotiating. They’re talking. And I think they’ll come up with something.’

That’s great for the oil companies; meanwhile, Americans around the country are struggling to come up with basic supplies needed to fight off the Coronavirus.

Trump suggested on Twitter just this Thursday that increasing demands for supply assistance constituted some kind of plot against him — which is embarassingly ludicrous for a president of the United States to say.

Check out Twitter’s response…

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