President Joe Biden arrives at King Abdulaziz International Airport, Friday, July 15, 2022, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
UPDATED 1:46 PM PT – Friday, July 15, 2022
President Joe Biden fist bumped Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman as he visited the country he once pledged to make a pariah. The US President landed in the kingdom Friday and paid a visit to the Saudi Monarch at the Royal Palace in Jeddah.
This is Biden’s first trip to Saudi Arabia while in office after claiming he would isolate the kingdom during the 2020 campaign. His visit to the oil rich nation comes as he struggles to alleviate high gas prices in the US.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) tore into Biden as he meets with Saudi leaders. In an interview Friday, the California lawmaker said the President’s trip has been a major setback for the progress former President Donald Trump made during his term.
House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks during a weekly news conference May 28, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
McCarthy said he really wished and hoped that he would hear about the Abraham Accords as well as the ability to build on it. The Republicam said the only reason Biden is going to Saudi Arabia is to beg for them to produce more oil. He urged Americans to remember what people have said about Biden for the last 40 years: that every foreign policy decision he’s made has been wrong.
Meanwhile, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) also took aim at President Biden for his trip to beg for Saudi oil. In a statement Friday, the Wyoming lawmaker noted, “President Biden is going halfway around the world looking for a solution found right here at home.
The Republican went on to say “unleashing American energy is the surest way to boost our economy and reduce energy prices.” He added, it would also weaken Russian and Chinese influence.” Sen. Barrasso said, “it’s long past time for the president to reverse course and start governing in the interests of American families.”
Their comments comes as other GOP lawmakers are questioning the national security implications of the Biden administration’s transfer from the Strategic Oil Reserve to a Chinese oil company. This occurred directly ahead of Biden’s trip to the Middle East.