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Biden says he has 'not yet' decided on Saudi trip

Commodities Jun 11, 2022 04:35PM ET
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© Reuters. U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to reporters before boarding Air Force One upon departure after attending the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 11, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden said he had "not yet" decided if he will travel to Saudi Arabia, a week after he opened the door to a possible trip.

Sources have said Biden was planning a trip to Saudi Arabia, along with a trip to Europe and Israel in late June. The White House has said the president feels that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is a "pariah" for his role in the killing of a political opponent, Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in Turkey in 2018.

The Saudi government has denied any involvement by the crown prince.

Asked by a reporter later in Albuquerque, New Mexico, if he would use a possible trip to the Middle East to secure a deal to improve Saudi-Israeli relations, Biden said: "We'll see."

Any potential visit to Saudi Arabia likely would be aimed at bolstering relations with the country at a time when Biden is trying to find ways to lower gasoline prices in the United States.

A White House official said on Friday that the United States would not overlook conduct that took place before Biden's presidency, but that "it was also important to reorient – but not rupture – relations with Saudi Arabia", noting the country's role as a strategic partner of the United States for eight decades.

Biden says he has 'not yet' decided on Saudi trip
 

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Nils Hullmann
Nils Hullmann Jun 12, 2022 7:30AM ET
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what better time to attack the petrodollar system...the saudis will laugh so hard
Abc Xyz
Abc Xyz Jun 12, 2022 2:59AM ET
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He's gonna need extra tubes of KY lube.
Nick Johnson
Nick Johnson Jun 11, 2022 9:20PM ET
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Biden better bring a pair of knee pads because he is going to spend the entire trip on his hands and knees begging them to produce more oil.
Elezabeth Thomas
Elezabeth Thomas Jun 11, 2022 8:23PM ET
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Seriously, who cares where this derelic goes? For real.
John Laurens
John Laurens Jun 11, 2022 8:16PM ET
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Seriously - Nobody cares what this walking vegetable is gonna do. He should be euthanized.. Have mercy on the vegetable..
Nam Cho
Nam Cho Jun 11, 2022 8:14PM ET
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Of course he doesn't wanna do anything to lower gas prices. It's his goal to advocate green renewable energy which is far more expensive than gas, so he's trying to make it look more attractive by artificially letting gas price increase. He's willing to achieve that at the expense of American people.
Imre Zsombor Varga
Imre Zsombor Varga Jun 11, 2022 5:44PM ET
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I think that if we can get Biden to return the oil to $ 70 and negotiate a peace agreement with Ukraine, he can win a successful election.
Gus McCrae
Gus McCrae Jun 11, 2022 5:44PM ET
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yeah, he might get rewarded for fixing the mess he created in first place, right? I hope the electorate is smarter than you
Robert Forsythe
Robert Forsythe Jun 11, 2022 5:44PM ET
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Return oil to $70? Imre what are you smoking buddy? Biden is incompetent and shouldn't be in this job. He has systematically destroyed everything...gas prices, the border, ukraine,....I could go on. Red wave in November!
John Laurens
John Laurens Jun 11, 2022 5:44PM ET
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you're insane.
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Roger Miller Jun 11, 2022 5:17PM ET
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Suck up to one authoritarian just so you can stick it to another.
James Kim
James Kim Jun 11, 2022 3:59PM ET
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do something about ********gas prices its frigging unreal
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They don’t need him! They need more golfers!!
 
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