BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – A Saudi government official has denied U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments regarding the kingdom’s alleged pledge to pay for Syria’s reconstruction.
“Saudi Arabia has now agreed to spend the necessary money needed to help rebuild Syria, instead of the United States,” Trump’s tweet began.
“Isn’t it nice when immensely wealthy countries help rebuild their neighbours rather than a great country, the US, that is 5,000 miles away. Thanks to Saudi Arabia,” his tweet added.
However, it appears Saudi Arabia is not on board to increase their commitment to Syria, as told by an unnamed official from the kingdom.
According to the Saudi official, the kingdom is not committing anymore money to Syria, despite Trump’s tweets.
“The Kingdom is a major contributor to the global coalition to defeat ISIS, flying the second highest number of stories against ISIS in Syria as well as donating millions of dollars for relief efforts there,” the official told CNBC in an e-mailed statement.
Later, on Wednesday, National Security Council spokesperson Garret Marquis clarified that the president’s tweet was not meant to signal a new financial commitment from the Saudi government.
“The United States welcomes the contributions of all coalition members to the defeat of ISIS in Syria, including strong past contributions from Saudi Arabia,” he said in a statement.