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Schiff Slams Biden as Tensions Grow

President Joe Biden is catching heat from a top member of his own party on Sunday after the commander-in-chief failed to rule out a meeting with Saudi Arabia‘s leaders in a future trip to the region.

‘I wouldn’t go. I wouldn’t shake his hand,’ House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff told CBS News’ Face the Nation. 

It comes as the president is reportedly readying for a trip to the Gulf that includes a face-to-face with de facto Saudi Arabian ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Schiff called for the ruler to be ‘shunned’ by the globe – and the president. 

Bin Salman – or ‘MBS,’ as he’s known – was accused of orchestrating the murder of US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. He’s denied having a hand in the matter, despite American intelligence reports indicating it happened on his orders.

‘This is someone who butchered an American resident, cut him up into pieces and in the most terrible and premeditated way,’ Schiff said.

‘And until Saudi Arabia makes a radical change in terms of human rights, I wouldn’t want anything to do with him.’

On the 2020 campaign trail Biden had vowed to make Saudi Arabia a ‘pariah’ on the world stage if elected, citing the oil-rich nation’s human rights abuses.

But it appears the White House is finding it tough to stick by that pledge as it grapples with surging gas prices fueled by out-of-control inflation combined with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine wreaking havoc on the energy supply chain. 

After Biden gained bipartisan praise for banning Russian energy imports in response to its brutal attack, the president quickly drew criticism from Republican lawmakers amid reports that his officials were looking at countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela to fill the gap left behind.

Schiff, a progressive, appeared to echo those concerns on Sunday.

‘I understand the degree to which Saudi Arabia controls oil prices. I think that’s a compelling argument for us to wean ourselves off of reliance on foreign oil and on oil more globally, so we don’t have despots and murderers calling the shots,’ the California Democrat said.

‘But no, I wouldn’t go. And If I had to go to the country for some other reason, I wouldn’t meet with the Crown Prince, I think he should be shunned.’

He conceded that the government ‘should make every effort to lower oil prices’ but added: ‘going hand-in-hand to someone who’s murdered American resident would not be on my list.’

Schiff advised Biden to wait on the Saudis to make some improvements in the energy fields and their human rights record before extending the ‘dignity’ of a presidential visit.

‘I would want to see Saudi Arabia, lower their oil prices- or increase their production rather. I’d want to see them make changes in their human rights record,’ the Democrat lawmaker said.

‘I want to see them hold people accountable, that were involved in that murder, and in the torture of other detainees before I would extend that kind of dignity to Saudi Arabia or its leadership.’

A spokesperson at the National Security Council told DailyMail.com that Biden ‘is focused first and foremost on how his engagements with foreign leaders advance American interests,’ adding that it’s ‘as true with Saudi Arabia as anywhere else.’

‘If he determines that it’s in the interests of the United States to engage with a foreign leader and that such an engagement can deliver results, then he’ll do so,’ they said.

They pointed out the president had ‘confirmed our commitment to supporting Saudi Arabia in the defense of its territory from Iran and other threats.’ 

‘There’s also no question that — as with many countries where we share interests — we have concerns about its human rights record and past conduct, much of which predated our administration. And we raise those concerns with them, as we do with others.’ 

Multiple outlets including NBC and The New York Times reported last week that Biden was planning a trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia later this month.

It was reported Friday that the visit had been pushed to July for undisclosed reasons, and that the date remains in flux.

But the president denied having any solid plans to visit the region during a press conference after his speech on the May jobs report on Friday morning.

‘I’m not sure whether I’m going,’ Biden told reporters. I have no direct plans at the moment.’

But let me tell you that I have been engaged in trying to work with how we can bring more stability and peace to the Middle East.’

He added: ‘And there is a possibility that I would be going to meet with both the Israelis and the Ara- some Arab countries at the time – including, I expect, would be Saudi Arabia – would be included in that if I did go.’

Biden chided the press for ‘getting way ahead’ of themselves by asking about whether that trip would also include a face-to-face with MBS.

But the president defended himself when asked about his prior comments calling f Saudi Arabia a ‘pariah’ with ‘very little social redeeming value’ in their current government.

‘Look, I’m not going to change my view on human rights. But as President of the United States, my job is to bring peace if I can — peace if I can. And that’s what I’m going to try to do,’ he said.

Original Article: Adam Schiff slams Biden after president says he’d visit Saudi Arabia on future trip to the region | Daily Mail Online

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  1. And you are innocent Schiff? You didn’t castrate Americans because they didn’t vote for whom you think they should have?? I’m disgusted with Biden but you are equally disgusting. You are NOT innocent!

    • The Saudis must be laughing at us so hard. Biden is begging them to increase oil supply when everything would be solved quickly and reduce oil and gas prices dramatically if Biden would cancel his policies that he did against our domestic oil and gas producers as soon as he took office in 2021. Restore drilling in Alaska and restart the XL pipeline and watch how quickly prices fall, not only on energy but everything else! What a dummy (mentally incompetent, etc.) Biden is along with his entire administration as NONE of them spoke out about this. They’re all a bunch of rubber-stamp politicians.

  2. And we all know that Shifty Shift has all of the proof and he will definitely present it to us one of these days.

  3. Can’t wait for this catastrophe to hit. Can you imagine being an interpreter with someone like sleepy Joe? This will be an ultimate failure for this administration.

  4. All you can say about Adam Schifty Schift (D) from F’d up California, is that he and his cronies should be in prison for what they’ve done to that state and for the theft of the 2020 presidential election.

    Biden, his administration, the Democratic Party, and their fake news media outlets, (MSNBC CNN ABC CBS NBC PBS WASH POST NY TIMES LA TIMES….etc) are all peddling “The Putin Price Hikes!” The American people know that the high gas prices and the hyper inflation was not because Putins war against Ukraine! It’s Biden’s war against gas and oil that has caused our gas prices to double per gallon, which also caused hyper inflation! EVERYTHING we buy is transported by a big rig that runs on diesel gasoline.

    Biden and all his democratic mouthpieces are pushing this ridiculous claim that there’s nothing more his administration can do to lower costs that he caused. The American people know that’s a LIE!

    ALL of the problems our country is now facing was caused by Biden and his anti-American Democratic Socialist Party. Biden and the radical left was left a well working country until O’BIDEN decided to undo all of President Trumps America First policies. Exp: The border is wide open, Record high crime, Defund and denounce our police, Cash bail = no bail, no punishment for criminals, Afghanistan disaster where people were left behind not to mention 80- billion dollars worth of our military equipment, which is now in terrorists hands, China took over our military base?! Obama left over 50-billion dollars of our military equipment when he was in office. Odumbo also trade 5- high value terrorists for one of our country’s traders. 2 of the 5 released by Obama and Biden are now in charge of Afghanistan!!!!!

    This is what happens when Democrats are in power. These anti-American morons are INTENTIONALLY trying to destroy our country and anyone who opposes their sick ideologies!

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