Joe Biden’s trip to the Middle East was a total disaster.
For starters, Joe Biden went back on his promise not to meet with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“I’m not going to meet with MBS. I’m going to an international meeting, and he’s going to be part of it,” Biden said last month.
Biden was greeted with a fist bump when he arrived to Alsalam Royal Palace in Jeddah.
In 2019, Joe Biden vowed to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah” nation over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi,
The Saudis laughed at Joe Biden when a reporter humiliated him by asking if Saudi Arabia is still a “pariah.”
In an effort to save face, Joe Biden told reporters he confronted MBS about Khashoggi’s murder.
“He [MBS] basically said that he was not personally responsible for it. I indicated that I thought he was,” Biden told reporters.
According to Fox News, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir undermined Joe Biden after he departed Saudi Arabia on Air Force One.
The Saudi FM (at the behest of MBS) called Fox News on Saturday after Biden already left and claimed he “did not hear” Joe Biden tell MBS he believed he was responsible for Khashoggi’s murder.
NEW: After POTUS departed Saudi Arabia on AF1, Saudi FM Adel al-Jubeir called my colleague @AlexHoganTV back for a 2nd interview – even though Fox interviewed him yday.
He pointedly claimed he “did not hear” Biden tell MBS he believed he was responsible for Khashoggi’s murder
— Jacqui Heinrich (@JacquiHeinrich) July 16, 2022
But they weren’t done humiliating old Joe.
The Saudis told Biden to pound sand after he begged for oil.
On Saturday the Saudi Minister of State told CNN that the regime refused to commit to boosting oil production.
Joe Biden arrived to Joint Base Andrews Saturday evening at 11:25 pm ET empty-handed.