WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he had a good conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and expected that OPEC and other countries would be announcing a deal soon.
“We had a big talk as to oil production and OPEC and making it so that our industry does well and the oil industry does better than its doing right now,” Trump said, raising concern that there would be layoffs in the industry all over the world.
“OPEC met today. And I would say they’re getting close to a deal. We’ll soon find out,” Trump said.
OPEC and its allies led by Russia agreed on Thursday to cut their oil output by more than a fifth and said they expected the United States and other producers to join in their effort to lift prices that have been pummeled by the coronavirus outbreak.
“They’ll probably announce something either today or tomorrow, one way or the other. Could be good, could be not so good,” Trump said.
The president said there was “so much production nobody even knows what to do with it” and said storage was filling up.
The OPEC+ group wants the United States and other countries to make cuts as well. Trump has said repeatedly that U.S. producers are already cutting production in response to the market.
He said on Thursday that he wanted to make sure U.S. energy companies remained strong.