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Biden says Saudi announcement to come Monday; White House plays down new steps

WorldFeb 27, 2021 09:05PM ET
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© Reuters. U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package in Washington

By Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden on Saturday said his administration would make an announcement on Saudi Arabia on Monday, following a U.S. intelligence report that found Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had approved the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Biden administration has faced some criticism, notably an editorial in the Washington Post, that the president should have been tougher on the crown prince, who was not sanctioned despite being blamed for approving Khashoggi's murder.

Asked about punishing the crown prince, Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, who is also known as MbS, Biden said: "There will be an announcement on Monday as to what we are going to be doing with Saudi Arabia generally."

Biden did not provide details.

But a White House official suggested no new significant steps were expected.

"The administration took a wide range of new actions on Friday. The president is referring to the fact that on Monday, the State Department will provide more details and elaborate on those announcements, not new announcements," the official said.

Khashoggi, a U.S. resident who wrote opinion columns for the Washington Post critical of MbS policies, was killed and dismembered by a team of operatives linked to the prince in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.

The Saudi government, which has denied any involvement by the crown prince, on Friday issued a statement rejecting the U.S. report’s findings and repeating its previous statements that Khashoggi’s killing was a heinous crime by a rogue group.

Among the punitive steps the United States took on Friday was the imposition of a visa ban on some Saudis believed involved in the Khashoggi killing and sanctions on others, including a former deputy intelligence chief, which would freeze their U.S. assets and generally bar Americans from dealing with them.

Biden says Saudi announcement to come Monday; White House plays down new steps
 

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Darryl Allen
Darryl Allen Feb 28, 2021 3:02AM ET
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Biden punishing Saudi Arabia on behalf of Iran, the Democrat's "death to America" ally.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Feb 28, 2021 3:02AM ET
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Sure Darryl, sure. Or maybe you are a Saudi simp?
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Feb 28, 2021 3:02AM ET
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Sure Darryl, sure. Or maybe you are a Saudi simp?
Viking Fire
Viking Fire Feb 28, 2021 12:40AM ET
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Thankful to have a proper president rather than the ***trump who Benghazied our capital which was very close to ***so many of our countries leaders.
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Feb 28, 2021 12:40AM ET
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The phrase was coined by Clinton
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Feb 28, 2021 12:40AM ET
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Sniffer biden is your man
Wahid Arida
Wahid Arida Feb 28, 2021 12:23AM ET
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the us government cannot take any action against Saudi Arabia. or they will first lose all the oil that comes from there than if so the Saudi Prince will use Russian and China military to control the Arabian gulf and US will be kicked out from the game. do you really think the us government will take this risks by letting the Russian and Chinese have the control of the Middle East???? dont think so. After the world see the really weakness of the American during the last election and how the fake democracy that all world see and human rights lies. America is not going to play world police any more.
yves newman
yves newman Feb 28, 2021 12:23AM ET
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Don't be so confident in your statement. North America has a lot of oil and is only dependent on Saudi Arabia to offset its energy consumption. The oil industry has roughly 20 years left of growing demand and EVa will only get better by that time. Don't forget Venezuela as well, they can massively tip the scale in America's favour. Russia will absolutely compete with the the Saudis for what is left.
Kelly Pham
Kelly Pham Feb 27, 2021 11:35PM ET
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Trump ignored the crime completely for relation and money. How dirty he is
Ankit Jain
Ankit Jain Feb 27, 2021 9:52PM ET
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Biden is the weakest president United will see ever it seem. he can't even take decision on Saudi how he will stand against Russia & china. Pentagon soon have to takeover.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Feb 27, 2021 9:52PM ET
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Lmao
Mark Henline
Mark Henline Feb 27, 2021 7:14PM ET
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I feel a removal of Aramco oil from the market place..
Mark Henline
Mark Henline Feb 27, 2021 7:13PM ET
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go oil.man biden!
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Feb 27, 2021 6:19PM ET
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It is good to be usa enemy. All usa enemies benefit
Jim Jones
Jim Jones Feb 27, 2021 6:02PM ET
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Good thing we aren't using oil right now.
New Jazenevd
New Jazenevd Feb 27, 2021 4:25PM ET
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Direct order from the ayatollah. Joey has to comply.
Casador Del Oso
Casador Del Oso Feb 27, 2021 4:08PM ET
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So if Joe keeps shutting down our oil production, where do we buy it from? Iran or Russia,?
New Jazenevd
New Jazenevd Feb 27, 2021 4:08PM ET
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Certainly Iran. Old friends.
Rod Deh
Rod Deh Feb 27, 2021 4:08PM ET
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he didn't shut anything down ... we are pumping at record levels..if the price goes up we will pump even higher because of fraking...
Rod Deh
Rod Deh Feb 27, 2021 4:08PM ET
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by the way Saudi Arabia own the largest refinery in the South which is in TX. They can and will bring in their own oil any time they want.
 
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