After months of radio silence, Trump the oil analyst has returned to complain about prices being too damn high.
For the first time since OPEC+ agreed to cut production at its December meeting, Trump has chimed in on Twitter to tell the cartel to “relax and take it easy” because oil prices are “getting too high.”
OPEC and members of an ancillary group led by Russia have been cutting production since the start of the year after striking an agreement during OPEC’s December meeting in Vienna to lower output by an aggregate by 1.2 million b/d during the first six months of 2019.
Of those cuts, 800,000 bpd will come from OPEC members, while Russia and its allied producers will cut 400,000 bpd.
More recently, when Trump has tweeted about oil, he has been cheering the advances in US shale production that led the US to become a net exporter for the first time.
But with retail sales and home sales slumping and more economic data suggesting that the global economy could be in a period of synchronous global slowdown, Trump probably reckons that now would be a good time for a de facto “tax cut” – the kind that wouldn’t blow out the deficit.
Oil prices declined after the tweet, virtually ensuring that this won’t be the last we hear from Trump on this subject.