President Donald Trump on Thursday told OPEC its members should start pumping more oil, marking his second warning to the producer group this year as crude prices continue to rise.
Very important that OPEC increase the flow of Oil. World Markets are fragile, price of Oil getting too high. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2019
Trump’s latest tweet comes as OPEC and a group of allies led by Russia are cutting production following a collapse in oil prices in the final months of 2018. The output curbs have played a major part in the rebound in the oil market this year.
Trump’s tweet sent prices lower in early trading. Brent crude and U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures were both off by more than 1.5 percent just after 9 a.m. ET. The benchmark contracts were already down about 1 percent before Trump sent the tweet.
Analysts say pressure from the Trump administration — punctuated by a series of Twitter attacks on OPEC — contributed to the producer group’s decision to lift production limits last June. But in recent months, OPEC members have mostly shrugged off Trump’s social media demands.
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