In the comments This week’s ABC Host Martha Radats On July 17, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Said President Joe Biden should not have paid a visit to a brutal dictatorship like Saudi Arabia.
“No, I don’t think so,” Sanders said in response to Mr. Radats’ question about whether to make a visit to Saudi Arabia.
“You have a leader in that country who was involved in the killing of the Washington Post journalist,” Sanders pointed out the incident that happened in 2018.
After the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Turkish embassy in Saudi Arabia, the prince was accused of organizing the killing of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.
“I don’t think such a government should be rewarded with a visit by the President of the United States,” he added.
“Look, you got a family worth $ 100 billion. It casts doubt on democracy. It treats women as third-class citizens, kills and imprison their enemies.” He said about the Saudi royal family. Reuters reported..
Therefore, the United States does not need to relax with such a country, Sanders pointed out.
Put pressure on oil companies
Sanders also challenged the Biden administration’s intention to reach out to OPEC countries in search of oil.
Instead, he urged the US president to urge oil companies to stop fraudulent domestic consumers.
“We believe we happen to have to tell oil companies to stop preying on Americans, and if they don’t, we should impose a storm profit tax on them. “He said.
Sanders has expressed concern about the impending recession that the United States may face, but millionaires have their wealth. $ 2 trillion The whole pandemic.
“If you’re currently looking at the very high cost of gas in a pump, one thing we have to look at is that Americans are currently paying $ 4.50, $ 4.80 for a gallon of gas. That’s true. The company’s profits in the last quarter were very high. “
Further contempt for Saudi visits
Biden called on Khashoggi’s widow, human rights groups and journalist organizations to oppose meeting Bin Salaman, despite the president’s defense of the encounter.
“President Byden has even released a U.S. intelligence report pinning Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who once vowed to make Saudi Arabia a Paria and ordered the killing of Washington post-columnist Jamal Khashoggi.” President John Schleis said in a statement. “But today he met with Saudi leaders and avoided answering questions from reporters asking if he intended to condemn Khashoggi’s murder.”
Biden Said A post-meeting reporter, involving other Saudi officials, said he had filed the killing of Khashoggi at the beginning of the meeting.
Still, Sheriff Mansour, the program coordinator of the Committee to Protect Journalists, called Biden’s statement an “empty story” and criticized Prince Saudi Arabia for not asking for clarification.
Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.