Trump says Gulf needs US, but reverse also true

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump applauds as he leaves a campaign rally at Cumberland Valley High School, Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, in Mechanicsburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump says the Arab Gulf states wouldn’t exist without U.S. help. But the U.S. relies on Gulf states too.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, all Arab Gulf nations, are part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria, conducting airstrikes and providing other support.

Trump told supporters in Ashburn, Virginia Tuesday that if he is elected president, he would require the Arab Gulf states to finance a safe zone in Syria. “They are going to pay,” Trump told the crowd.

The Arab gulf states, which make up a cooperative body called the Gulf Cooperation Council, are home to 20 percent of the world’s oil supply.

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