Saudi Arabia’s Double Dog Dare To Donald Trump

saudiKhalid al-Falih is shown at a conference in Riyadh in January, when he was still chairman of Saudi Arabia's state oil giant Aramco. He became the country's oil minister in May. Saudi Arabia has been looking to diversify its holdings and Aramco is reportedly looking to buy an oil refinery near the port of Houston.

Now that Donald Trump is President-elect, not just an American billionaire shooting his mouth off on the campaign trail, all of the various sectors of the world’s economy are starting to actually respond to what he had to say.  Take Saudi Arabia, for example.  When it looked like Hillary Clinton would win the White House, they didn’t say much as Donald Trump talked about the United States being energy independent.  Now that the preferred scenario for yhe Saudis did not pan out, they are facing the prospect that one of their two industries might well dry up.

Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih warned this week that banning oil from his kingdom could backfire.

“At his heart, President-elect Trump will see the benefits and I think the oil industry will also be advising him accordingly that blocking trade in any product is not healthy,” Falih told the Financial Times.

The powerful Saudi minister added that “energy is the lifeblood of the global economy” and the U.S. “benefits more than anybody else from global free trade.”

Just to interpret for Americans who do not believe in nuance, that’s a threat and a dare all rolled into one.  Buy oil from us, or else.  After all, the sale of oil is bankrolling Saudi Arabia’s OTHER industry: exporting and setting up Islam in nations where Christianity no longer carries zeal.

Don’t know if the Saudis have been paying attention, but the world’s largest oil reserve was discovered in western saudiTexas.  The announcement was made this week.  With modern technology, shipping oil across oceans just might not be needed anymore.

Given the events of the last week as President-elect Trump has begun putting together his transition team and interviewing for the Cabinet, his modus operandi has begun to take shape.  He chooses his advisers carefully.  Those who he considers to be part of the problem are not consulted.  That universe may well include the lobbyists for OPEC, the cartel that controls oil output from almost all producers.

At this time, the United States does import oil from around the world. The largest supplier is actually Canada.  Saudi Arabia is second with over a million barrels imported daily.

Yes, oil is the lifeblood of the world economy.  However, the United States, technically, not only has the largest market for oil, but the largest reserves.  In a right side up economic situation, this should greatly benefit us. saudi President-elect Trump understands this, and aims to make that concept a reality.



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