There is one more supporter of the former president of the United States than previously thought: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The former president was “much preferred” by Prince Mohammed, according to sources inside the Saudi government who spoke to The Wall Street Journal.
Indeed, according to those same sources, Prince Mohammed makes fun of President Joe Biden behind his back for his numerous mistakes and apparent mental degeneration.
Naturally, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, refuted the reports. What else should we anticipate from a foreign minister?
Prince Faisal stated, “These allegations made by anonymous sources are entirely false,” .
But even in that denial, there might have been a subtle dig at Biden. Relations between the presidents of the two nations have not been marked by “Mutual respect,” at least not since Biden’s presidential campaign.
Foreign Policy revealed weeks after the 2020 election that Biden then referred to Saudi Arabia as a “pariah” and claimed he could find “very little social redeeming value in the present government in Saudi Arabia.”
Maybe not, but he seems to be able to locate a lot of tangible worth. The Biden administration went so far as to suggest — covertly, informally — that the recent agreement by the OPEC+ cartel to reduce oil output by 2 million barrels per day be postponed till after the midterm elections.
I wouldn’t want Biden’s foreign policy choices to increase petrol prices even more than his economic choices have, at least not this close to the November elections.
Obviously, the head of the free world won’t make any friends in Saudi Arabia with that kind of speech.
Former U.S. diplomat to the Middle East and current employee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Aaron David Miller told The Journal that “Rarely has the chain of broken expectations and perceived insults and humiliations been greater than they are now.”
More on this story via The Western Journal:
“There’s almost no trust and absolutely no mutual respect,” he said.
Both nations have vowed to “reassess” their relationship — diplomat-speak for thinking about ending treaties, stopping military aid, suspending trade deals, that kind of thing.
“For the Saudis, a breakdown with the U.S. would jeopardize its national security and ambitious economic reforms,” The Journal wrote. “Mutual trade and investment worth hundreds of billions of dollars are also on the line.” CONTINUE READING…