The Saudi prince ridicules Biden by doubting his intellectual abilities, according to the WSJ.
Published on 26.10.2022
Sputnik reports that, animosity visibly reigns between Saudi Arabia and the United States. In private, Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman confesses to his advisers that he liked working better with former US President Donald Trump and that Joe Biden “did not impress him” while still vice-president under Barack Obama in 2009-2017, writes the Wall Street Journal.
The Crown Prince ridicules the current US President and questions his intellectual abilities, according to the newspaper, which refers to the entourage of Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan has denied the Wall Street Journal’s allegations of the prince’s dismissive attitude towards Joe Biden.
According to the minister, the rulers of the kingdom have always treated American presidents with respect. He also noted that relations between Riyadh and Washington are not limited to energy and security.
White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre called the media’s claims ridiculous.
She also recalled that Joe Biden, since the start of his presidency, had been in favor of a review of relations with Riyadh. According to her, Washington intends to continue this policy.
No meeting scheduled?
Either way, the animosity between the two countries’ leaders has reached such a point that the Joe Biden “has no intention of meeting the crown prince” at the G20 summit scheduled for November in Indonesia, said October 16 Jake Sullivan, White House National Security Advisor.
In addition, Washington suspects Ryad of having weighed in at the beginning of October within OPEC+ in favor of a reduction in oil production quotas in the midst of the energy crisis. Joe Biden then warned that there would be “consequences” to this decision by the organization.