The President and First Lady continue to commit the gaffes for which they have become notorious.
President Biden returned to the White House early on Sunday following his four-day tour of the Middle East, during which he accused a Saudi official of lying about the topics discussed in his private meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, while downplaying his infamous fist bump with the prince.
The photograph of the amicable fist bump elicited scathing criticism from the editor of the Washington Post and the widow of Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in a brutal manner by bin Salman, according to US intelligence services.
Prior to Air Force One’s departure from Jeddah, Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said he ‘did not hear’ Biden question bin Salman, often known as MBS, about the death of writer Jamal Khashoggi.
Al-allegation Jubeir’s appears to directly contradict Biden’s version of his Friday conversation with MBS, in which the president stated that he had discussed Khashoggi’s murder “at the top of the discussion” and accused the crown prince of orchestrating the plan.
Biden said categorically “No” when asked on the South Lawn if al-Jubeir was speaking the truth about the encounter.
Khashoggi’s fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, described what she felt Khashoggi’s reaction to the fist bump would be: ‘Is this the accountability you promised for my murder? The blood of the next victims of Mohammed bin Salman is on your hands.
A reporter also read Cengiz’s remarks to Biden, and then requested the president’s answer.
‘I’m sorry she feels that way,’ the president answered. ‘I was straightforward back then. I was straightforward today.’
According to a Monday survey by the New York Times and Siena College, Biden’s popularity rating was 33%, and just 13% of Americans believed the country was moving in the right direction.
When speaking at the annual convention of UnidosUS, previously known as the National Council of La Raza, First Lady Jill Biden made the difficult comparison in an effort to commend the community and the efforts of civil rights hero Raul Yzaguirre.
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Last week, the First Lady’s speech at another community event received some criticism online when she compared the San Antonio’s Latino community to ‘breakfast tacos.’
Biden’s office issued an apology on Tuesday for comparing the Hispanic community’s diversity to the breakfast tacos of San Antonio, Texas.
‘The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community,’ her press secretary Michael LaRosa wrote on Twitter.
The gaffe came as President Biden’s popularity among Latino voters continues to plummet, as a recent Quinnipiac opinion poll found that Biden’s approval rating among young Hispanic voters is around 26 percent. CONTINUE READING…