Trump tells other countries to protect own Gulf shipping

Trump tells other countries to protect own Gulf shipping

President Trump on Monday urged other countries to protect their own Gulf oil shipments, declaring that the US has only limited strategic interest in the region. Trump added that Washington is not concerned with Iran’s threats to shut sea lanes used to transport a large portion of the world’s oil exports through the Persian Gulf.

Daniel McEwen
Daniel McEwen 7 months

Complaints if the US intervenes. Complaints if we pull out. As long as Trump did it it's bad.

Hannibal 7 months

And we can remind every liberal that it's fracking that's the reason that the ME matters less and less every year. The only country that could even hope to make up for dwindling US imports is China and they have neither the fleet to guard the trade route nor are they as flexible as the US about supporting OPEC interests.

blah blah
blah blah 7 months

Lol, papa Trump laying down the truth.

MEIJIN44 7 months

Fucking called this let's see if your moral high ground can secure trade routes. People talk mad shit about the USA when we are fighting like dogs in the middle East on our dime. Pay your own way bitches. They can find out themselves how kind the middle East trade routes are.

Cory Pritchard
Cory Pritchard 7 months

Good call. I would prefer we remove all strike groups and troops from the area, but I think any step towards deescalation is good.

Voice of Reason
Voice of Reason 7 months

Now there is an interesting implied ultimatum: "help us get Iran under control or we'll only protect our own shipping" it could work in the short term but it's going to throw world assumptions about the US role as a guarantor of free and open access to sea trade into question which will have consequences in the long term.

John Wilson
John Wilson 7 months

well Japan basically said they don't believe it was Iran. if they don't ask for help we should stay away and even then only help small countries that don't have navy. or at least have them put some gaurds with 50 CALs on the tankers.

AY-MO 7 months

It would be more honest turning the US military into a mercenary force, drop all pretense.

Tim S
Tim S 7 months

Well, China does massively benefit from the US policing the seas and protecting international trade, so it would be completely reasonable for them to contribute to that protection.

Julian 7 months


tabachoy 50
tabachoy 50 7 months


michael zubas
michael zubas 7 months

Interesting. lets see where this takes us.

Dakota Williams
Dakota Williams 7 months

Keep this isolationism up; it's high time we left the world to do its own bidding.

Michael Ilg
Michael Ilg 7 months

The US wants to destroy the world order they so carefully tried preserve since WW2 - what idiocy. Don’t be shocked if we all go out with a whimper.

AY-MO 7 months

Trump sets the house on fire than tells others to put it out.

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President of Peace ✌️

Shane Olson
Shane Olson 7 months

I certainly would agree, if America is providing a service for other countries we should get something in return.

Evolved Ape
Evolved Ape 7 months


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