To say that history (in the world oil market) was made this past week is an understatement. The United States of America, under the direction of Donald J. Trump, threw in its lot with both Saudi Arabia and Russia in order to salvage a deal to cut oil production worldwide by 9.7 million barrels per day. The fact that Trump leaned on/cajoled/pressured the Saudis and Russians is not the historical part. What is history is that the U.S. itself pledged to cut a portion of its production in cooperation with those bad actors–a pledged to cut 300,000 bbl/d, because Mexico wouldn’t. We’ll explain.