Trump Thanks Saudi Arabia for Keeping Oil Prices Down
President Donald Trump has publicly thanked Saudi Arabia for holding down world oil prices.
"Oil prices getting lower," Trump wrote. "Great! Like a big Tax Cut for America and the World. ... Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let's go lower." His comments appeared on the news and social messaging service Twitter.
While the United States is the world's largest producer of oil, Saudi Arabia is the biggest oil exporter.
Trump's tweet comes one day after the president said he would not punish the Saudi government for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. The U.S.-based Saudi journalist went missing last month after entering Saudi Arabia's diplomatic offices in Istanbul, Turkey.
Before leaving Washington and going to Florida, Trump told reporters that national security and economic interests are more important than human rights concerns.
Punishing Saudi Arabia "would be a terrible mistake," he said, adding "we're staying with Saudi Arabia."
Trump said the Saudi government's purchases of American military equipment are worth "hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of investment."
Russia and China "are not going to get that gift," Trump said.
While noting Saudi Arabia's opposition to Iran, Trump talked mostly about oil. He said that oil prices would rise a lot if the United States broke with Saudi Arabia.
"I'm not going to destroy the world economy and destroy the economy for our country by being foolish with Saudi Arabia," he added.
'Maybe he did, maybe he didn't'
Reporters asked Trump about a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) report that said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman likely knew about or ordered the plot to kill Khashoggi.
The president answered: "Maybe he did, maybe he didn't." He added that the CIA's report was not "definitive."
The president denied that his decision not to punish the Saudis for the killing had anything to do with his own business interests.
"I don't make deals with Saudi Arabia. I don't make money from Saudi Arabia," Trump said.
Earlier in the day the president said that some members of Congress wanted to take steps to punish Saudi Arabia "for political or other reasons."
"They are free to do so," he said. Trump also said he would consider ideas from Congress if they provide for the "security and safety of America."
The Saudi government has cleared the crown prince of the murder. It is holding 21 people in connection with the case and called for five to be put to death for the murder.
On Wednesday, Turkey accused the United States of trying to turn a blind eye to Khashoggi's murder. It also dismissed Trump's comments on the issue as "comic."
"Yesterday's statement is a comic statement," said Numan Kurtulmus, an official of Turkey's ruling AK Party. "It is not possible for an intelligence agency such as the CIA ... to know who gave this order," he added.
Turkey has repeatedly said the order to kill Khashoggi came from the "highest levels" of the Saudi government. However, it has not directly accused Prince Mohammed, noted the Reuters news agency.
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1.hold down 抑制；压制
He never could hold down a job.
2.oil prices 油价
Protesters found a novel way of demonstrating against steeply rising oil prices.
3.the world economy 世界经济
With the development of technology and the world economy, the business environment has gone through a tremendous change.
4.tax cut 减税
He argued that the tax cut was ill-timed.
5.The president denied that his decision not to punish the Saudis for the killing had anything to do with his own business interests.
had anything to do with 与...有关
I hope you don't think I had anything to do with her murder.
You can't believe he had anything to do with that.
6.On Wednesday, Turkey accused the United States of trying to turn a blind eye to Khashoggi's murder.
turn a blind eye to 对...视而不见
We should not turn a blind eye to the disadvantages of artificial intelligence.
You also have a strong sense of justice and can't turn a blind eye to someone in trouble.
“油价逐渐走低，”特朗普写道 。“太棒了！这仿佛是给美国与全世界大减税.......感谢沙特，不过让油价再低一点吧 。”他的评论出现在新闻和社交信息服务推特上 。
特朗普发推文的前一天曾表示，不会因贾迈勒·卡舒吉（Jamal Khashoggi）遇害一事惩罚沙特政府 。上个月，常驻美国的沙特记者在进入沙特驻土耳其伊斯坦布尔的外交办公室后失踪 。
在谈到沙特反对伊朗时，特朗普主要谈到了石油问题 。他指出，如果美国与沙特决裂，油价将大幅上涨 。
记者就中情局（CIA）的一份报告向特朗普发问 。该报告称，沙特王储穆罕默德·本·萨勒曼（Mohammed bin Salman）可能知晓或下令暗杀卡舒吉 。
特朗普回答说：“也许他做了，也许没做 。”他补充说，中情局的报告不是“盖棺定论” 。
特朗普澄清，“我没有和沙特做生意 。我也没有从沙特方面获益 。
他说，“他们有权这么做” 。特朗普还表示，他将考虑国会的意见，前提是这些意见能为“美国的安全与稳定”提供保障 。
沙特政府已经澄清了王储涉及的谋杀罪名 。该国政府拘留了涉案的21名嫌犯，并要求以谋杀罪判处5人死刑 。
周三，土耳其指责美方试图对卡舒吉遇害案视而不见 。该国还驳斥特朗普关于该问题的评论十分“滑稽” 。
土耳其执政党正义与发展党官员努曼·库尔图尔穆斯(Numan Kurtulmus)表示:“昨天的声明是一份滑稽的声明 。”“像美国中情局这样的机构不可能不知道谁下达的命令”他补充说 。
土耳其一再表示，杀害卡舒吉的命令是沙特政府的“最高层”下达的 。然而，路透社指出，其并没有直接指控王储萨勒曼 。