Trump Urged to Embargo Saudi and Russian Oil
U.S. President Donald Trump has been urged to embargo Saudi Arabian and Russian oil in an open letter from Kevin Cramer, the U.S. senator for North Dakota.
“I write to you regarding the recent actions taken by Russia and Saudi Arabia to increase crude oil production when demand is commensurately low. Reportedly, these actions are being taken to distort energy markets and regain footing lost to U.S. oil producers,” Cramer stated in the letter.
“I urge you to direct your Administration to take immediate action under the authorities granted to you, including Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, to embargo crude oil from Russia, Saudi Arabia and other OPEC nations like Iraq,” he added.
“We must send the immediate signal; the United States will not be bullied or taken for granted,” Cramer continued.
Earlier this week, Cramer, along with 12 other U.S. senators, sent a letter to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, urging the Kingdom to “assert constructive leadership in stabilizing the world economy by calming economic anxiety in the oil and gas sector”.
In this letter, the senators outlined that the “added impact of unsettled global energy markets” to the global pandemic response was an “unwelcome development”.
“Senior Saudi government leaders have repeatedly told American officials, including us, that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a force for stability in global markets,” the senators stated in the letter.
“Recent Saudi actions have called this role into question,” the senators added.
President Trump spoke briefly about the oil sector in a White House briefing on COVID-19 on Thursday, when he was asked if he had spoken to the leaders of Saudi Arabia or Russia and encouraged them to stop the glut of oil that is affecting the market.
“Until we became the leading producer, I was always for the person driving the car…if they [prices] were too high I would always raise hell with OPEC,” Trump said, responding to the question.
“But on the other hand, it hurts a great industry and a very powerful industry … I spoke with numerous people that have a lot to do with it and we have a lot of power over the situation and we’re trying to find some kind of a medium ground … at the appropriate time I’ll get involved,” he added.
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