Trump plays key role in brokering historic oil deal

The president 'showed his skill at dealmaking'

President Trump played a key role in the historic agreement between the world’s largest oil producers that trims global production by nearly 10 percent, according to Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette.

The deal reached by the so-called OPEC+ group, which ends the price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, reduces global output by 9.7 million barrels per day in May and June, helping to ease a global gut exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Production will also be reduced by 8 million bpd from July through December and 6 million bpd from January 2021 through April 2022.


Trump was “personally involved throughout the process” and “showed his skill at dealmaking,” Brouillette told reporters on a Sunday evening conference call.

Trump did not make any specific promises on behalf of U.S. production, according to Brouillette, who noted that Mexico agreed to cut output by 100,000 bpd in May and June and the “reduction of production within the United States will subsume whatever agreement the Mexicans would have been required to agree to under OPEC+.” 

Trump said in a Monday morning tweet that "OPEC+ is looking to cut 20 Million Barrels a day, not the 10 Million that is generally being reported."

The production cut gives so much needed relief to a U.S. shale patch that has been devastated as West Texas Intermediate crude oil has plunged 62 percent this year, putting many companies in the sector on the brink of extinction. The S&P 500 Energy sector has seen its market capitalization fall by 43 percent this year to under $659.1 billion.

“This is a significant agreement that will foster increased stability in energy markets to the benefit of both American energy consumers and producers,” Mike Sommers, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, said in a statement.

Crude prices weakened in response to the deal with WTI for June delivery sliding 1.54 percent to $22.41 a barrel on Monday.


“We have already seen the start of Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings, and access to capital is getting very constricted for smaller energy companies,” Stewart Glickman, energy equity analyst at the New York-based CFRA Research, told FOX Business, adding that an “industry shakeout” is looming if the deal collapses.

FOX Business' Blake Burman contributed to this report