Saddam Hussein allegedly told Houston oilman Oscar Wyatt in 1995, that the ranks of Iraq's friends had dwindled so much during the years of economic sanctions he could count them on one hand.
Iraqi-American consultant Samir Vincent told the federal court, trying Wyatt for paying kickbacks to Saddam:
"You are one of them."
Wyatt allegedly replied:
"I appreciate the gesture, Mr. President. I feel the same way about Iraq."
Vincent, appearing for the prosecution, said that he accompanied Wyatt on seven or eight trips to Iraq between 1991 and 1997.
Vincent identified a photograph he said showed Saddam sitting with Wyatt, Vincent and Tariq Aziz, Iraq's former deputy prime minister.
At that time Iraq was under international sanctions, and Americans were barred from spending any money to travel to Iraq without the U.S. government's permission.