Trump coronavirus: Trump and Putin in successful oil production talks

The US President said he expected the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other countries to be striking deals over oil in the near future. It came as the US president said on Thursday he had had a good conservation with Russian president Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman.

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He said: “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.

“OPEC met today.

“And I would say they’re getting close to a deal. We’ll soon find out.”

On Thursday, OPEC and its allies led by Russia agreed to cut their oil output by more than a fifth.

Donald Trump said talks over oil production with Putin and Salman were successful

Donald Trump said talks over oil production with Putin and Salman were successful (Image: GETTY)

It comes as the US dish out generous relief packages to its millions of unemployed citizens

It comes as the US dish out generous relief packages to its millions of unemployed citizens (Image: GETTY)

They said they expected the US and other producers to join in their effort to lift prices that have been driven into the ground as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump said: “They’ll probably announce something either today or tomorrow, one way or the other.

“Could be good, could be not so good.”

He added that there was “so much production nobody even knows what to do with it”, explaining that storage was filling up.

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Russia has agreed to cut its oil output by more than a fifth

Russia has agreed to cut its oil output by more than a fifth (Image: GETTY)

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Further cuts by the US and other countries are wanted by the OPEC+ group.

Trump has already said on numerous occasions that US produces have and are cutting production in response to the market.

He said on Thursday that he wanted to make sure U.S. energy companies remained strong.

Meanwhile, the US continues to struggle under the pressure of the coronavirus outbreak currently sweeping its 50 states.

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Talks were also carried out with Saudi Arabia's King Salman

Talks were also carried out with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman (Image: GETTY)

The US is facing one of its greatest-ever threats during peacetime with the onset of the coronavirus

The US is facing one of its greatest-ever threats during peacetime with the onset of the coronavirus (Image: GETTY)

There, nearly half a million people have tested positive for COVID-19, the number likely far higher with undocumented and asymptomatic cases.

It has the second highest number of recorded deaths, just behind Italy, at 16, 498.

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits has surged as millions are left without work following lockdown measures.

More than 6.6million people filed jobless claims in the week ending April 4, according to the US Department of Labor.

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In order to counter the dire economic situation, the Federal Reserve said it would unleash an additional $2.3trillion (£1.8trillion) in lending.

In the past three weeks more than 16million people have made unemployment claims after around 95 percent of Americans were put on some form of lockdown.

Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia said: “Today’s report continues to reflect the personal sacrifice being made by America’s workers and their families to slow the spread of the coronavirus.”

Normally the world’s biggest economy, the rising joblessness has caused a stark reversal where unemployment rates had been hovering at around 3.5 percent.

Trump has been criticised for several of his coronavirus responses in recent weeks

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The Federal Reserve has slashed interest rates, eased banking regulations and announced other programmes intended to support home loans, current markets and small businesses.

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the bank is using its emergency powers to “unprecedented extent”.

He said: “We will continue to use these powers forcefully, proactively and aggressively until we’re solidly on the way to recovery.”