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Trump says US will help allies after Saudi oil attacks

President Donald Trump on Monday (September 16th) promised to supply oil to US allies, after attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure that Washington has blamed on Iran, AFP reported.

"We are a net Energy Exporter, and now the Number One Energy Producer in the World," Trump tweeted.

"We don't need Middle Eastern Oil and Gas, and in fact have very few tankers there, but will help our Allies!" he added.

Trump's comments come after weekend drone strikes on two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, which slashed the country's oil production by half and led both the kingdom and the US to announce they may tap into their strategic reserves.

According to the US Energy Information Administration, the US was the top global oil producer in 2018, turning out nearly 18 million barrels per day.

Saudi Arabia was second, with 12.42 million barrels per day.

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