Sen. Bernie Sanders criticized the decision of President Biden to visit Saudi Arabia on Sunday to rekindle diplomatic relations. He also requested that OPEC leaders produce more oil in order to reduce high gasoline prices.
Mr. Sanders is a Vermont Independent who supports Democrats and said that the visit was a reward for Saudi Arabia’s murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Washington Post journalist.
” You have the leader in that country involved in the assassination of a Washington Post journalist. He said that he didn’t believe that such a government should be honored with a trip by the President of the United States.
Mr. Sanders criticized the high profits of domestic oil companies during high gasoline and oil prices. He also criticised Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses.
” Now you have a family worth $100 trillion. This family treats democracy as if it were a third-class citizen, murders, and imprisons all its enemies. We believe in democracy, human rights and all things. He said that he didn’t think we should have a friendly relationship with dictatorships like this.
The president’s trip to overseas has been under intense scrutiny. Some members of his party felt it was inappropriate after he pledged during his 2020 campaign to declare Saudi Arabia a “pariah state” for Mr. Khashoggi.
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However, Mr. Biden was forced to seek out help from other sources to reduce fuel prices due to political pressures at home.
Mr. Biden stated that the Saudis had pledged to act in the coming weeks against rising gasoline prices.
The national average price for regular-sized gallon gas was $4. 50 Sunday according to AAA.
Energy analysts questioned the impact of his visit on oil prices. The analysts have noted that the combination of Russia’s war on Ukraine and a rise in global demand has caused a reduction in oil supply worldwide, leading to a spike in prices.