– The White House defends Joe Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia
Despite Joe Biden’s criticism of Saudi Arabia, he wants to visit Saudi Arabia, but the White House has not yet officially announced the trip.
The White House on Monday backed Joe Biden’s plan to meet with Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who, despite US intelligence findings, “verified” the assassination of opposition journalist Jamal Kashoki.
“This trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia – when it happens – will take place in the context of the main targets of the American people in the Middle East,” a spokesman for the agency told reporters. White House, Karen Jean-Pierre.
“If (Joe Biden) decides that contacting a foreign leader is in the best interest of the United States and that this relationship can yield results, he will do so,” he added. The oil monarchy has been a strategic partner for “almost 80 years. There is no doubt that vital (US) interests are tied to Saudi Arabia,” he said.
Joe Biden, who will travel to Germany and Spain to attend the G7 and NATO summits this month, will make his first visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia as president, NATO reports.
But the White House has refused to confirm the information, citing criticism of the Democratic president’s face for promising to consider the country a “pariah” after the assassination of Jamal Kashoki. At the time, the media reported that the trip had been postponed and would probably go to July.
Karen Jean-Pierre, who declined to confirm again, denied that the executive had changed her plans. “People asked if it was postponed. The president (…) said a visit was planned. But it was not moved or changed. This information is not accurate. A trip in June was considered, but never stopped,” he commented.
This diplomatic warming has two obvious Saudi concessions to Joe Biden’s goals: an increase in crude oil production to help ease rising prices and an extension of a ceasefire in Yemen.