Trump's comment on Friday was included in a lengthy foreign policy
interview published by the newspaper on Saturday and came in
response to a question about whether, if elected president, he would
halt oil purchases from U.S. allies unless they provided
on-the-ground forces against Islamic State.
"The answer is, probably yes," Trump said, according to a
Trump has said the United States should be reimbursed by the
countries it provides protection, even those with vast resources
such as Saudi Arabia, a top oil exporter.
"And yet, without us, Saudi Arabia wouldn't exist for very long,"
Trump told the Times.
"... We’re not being reimbursed for the kind of tremendous service
that we’re performing by protecting various countries. Now Saudi
Arabia’s one of them."
Trump also named in the interview retired Major General Gary
Harrell, Major General Bert Mizusawa and retired Rear Admiral
Charles Kubic as additional foreign policy advisors to the five
named earlier this week who were criticized as obscure.
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Trump has faced questions about his reluctance to reveal who was
advising his campaign. He told the Times he was willing to rethink
traditional U.S. alliances should he become president.
(Reporting By Amanda Becker; Editing by Bill Trott)
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