Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman responded to remarks by US President Donald Trump alleging that Saudi King Salman would be unable to stay in power for two weeks without US support.
In an interview with Bloomberg, the crown prince stated that his country “will pay nothing” to the US for Saudi Arabia’s security, adding that “all the armaments we have from the United States of America are paid for, it’s not free armament.”
“Also included in these agreements are that part of these armaments will be manufactured in Saudi Arabia, so it will create jobs in America and Saudi Arabia, good trade, good benefits for both countries and also good economic growth. Plus, it will help our security,” he said.
Bin Salman stated that his kingdom existed decades before the US and will need ?something like around 2,000 years to maybe face some dangers.”
“…if you look at the United States of America, when for example they wanted to free the slaves. What was the price? Civil war. It divided America for a few years. Thousands, tens of thousands of people died to win freedom for the slaves,” Bin Salman said adding that he likes to work with President Trump but he stated the US is not an example of successful managers of social change.
The crown prince further noted that Saudi Arabia is allegedly “trying to get rid of extremism and terrorism without civil war, without stopping the country from growing, with continuous progress in all elements.”
“So if there is a small price in that area, it’s better than paying a big debt to do that move,” he said.