On Sunday (July 17), on his return to the White House from the Middle East, President Joe Biden was asked if he regretted fist bumping Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
In his response, Biden said, “Why don’t you guys talk about something that matters? I’m happy to answer a question that matters.”
The President had laughed off a similar question on Friday (July 15) during a press conference.
Also on Friday, the White House announced that Saudi Arabia will be increasing oil production, stating that the move should help “stabilize markets considerably.”
Biden also had to answer questions about the Saudi Arabian foreign minister denying he heard the President confronting MBS about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist for the Washington Post.
A reporter questioned whether the Saudi Foreign Minister was “telling the truth” when he “said he didn’t hear you accuse the Crown Prince of Khashoggi’s murder?”
Biden asserted that the Saudi Foreign Minister was lying; instead he emphasized that he “raised [the murder of Khashoggi] at the top of the meeting, making it clear what I thought of it at the time and what I think about it now.”
The President also indicated that the Saudi Crown Prince had denied being “personally responsible” for the murder but that MBS had said he had taken “action against those who were responsible.”
Biden’s statements contradict what the Saudi Foreign Minister told Fox News’ Alex Hogan that he didn’t hear Biden bring up Khashoggi.