Trump May Not Buy Saudi Oil Unless They Fight ISIS

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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If elected, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may halt the country’s purchases of oil from Saudi Arabia until they join the fight against ISIS.

“If Saudi Arabia was without the cloak of American protection, I don’t think it would be around,” Trump said during a March 25 interview with The New York Times.

If Saudi Arabia -- and other Arab allies -- do not provide ground troops to fight against ISIS, Trump said they would have to “substantially reimburse” the United States for its contribution or go without our oil purchases.

Trump also remarked that he would consider allowing Japan and South Korea to build nuclear arsenals so they would not have to depend on the United States for protection against North Korea and China.

If the United States “keeps on its path, its current path of weakness, they’e going to want to have that anyway, with or without me discussing it,” Trump said.

As for the troops the United States currently has stationed in Japan and South Korea, Trump said the two countries need to substantially increase their contributions to the costs of housing and feeding them, or risk their removal.

He said the withdrawing of forces from the two countries would not be done “happily.”

Trump expressed to the paper that the United States has become a diluted power and that in order to build the country up again, negotiations will need to be made.

Earlier in the week, Trump explained his very noninterventionist foreign policy to the Washington Post.

He said the United States needs to focus on itself and rebuild.

"I do think it’s a different world today, and I don’t think we should be nation-building anymore," Trump said. "I think it’s proven not to work, and we have a different country than we did then. We have $19 trillion in debt... I just think we have to rebuild our country."

One step toward changing how the United States exists on a global scale would be altering its role in NATO.

"We certainly can’t afford to do this anymore," Trump said of the amount of money the country contributes to the organization. "NATO is costing us a fortune, and yes, we’re protecting Europe with NATO, but we’re spending a lot of money."

Trump further expressed what America's foreign policy would be like under his administration in The New York Times interview.

“Not isolationist, but I am America First,” he said. “I like the expression.”

Sources: The New York Times, Washington Post / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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