Biden to talk ‘energy security’ with Saudi Arabia

President Joe Biden is getting ready to head to Saudi Arabia to ask for help with the ongoing energy crisis, Fox Business reports

This will come as part of Biden’s trip to the Middle East, where he has plans to visit several countries, including a two-day stop in Saudi Arabia. Biden is expected to meet up with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) on Friday.

The agenda: an “energy security” talk

Although Biden insists that he is not going to Saudi Arabia to beg for oil, that appears to be exactly what he is doing.

On Monday, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said:

We will have the opportunity, among this very broad agenda, to talk about energy security with the leaders of the OPEC nations in the Middle East, just as we discussed energy security when he was on his trips in Europe and in the Indo-Pacific. Human rights — are a strategic interest of the United States. So is energy security, so is stopping terrorism, so is seeking peace in a place like Yemen.

It’s the typical sort of spin that we have come to expect from the Biden administration.

Background

This trip to Saudi Arabia by Biden appears to be one of desperation. The midterm elections are incoming and his polling numbers are abysmal largely because of the state of the U.S. economy and the country’s astronomically high energy prices.

It ought to be remembered that Biden, as a presidential candidate, vowed to treat Saudi Arabia as a “pariah” state in response to its alleged human rights abuses – including the alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

So, the fact that Biden is willing to go back on his word here by making this trip to MBS’s Saudi Arabia just goes to show how desperate he actually is. But, this might not even be the most absurd part of the trip.

Fox Business cites many experts as arguing that the energy crisis could be solved if only Biden would allow for more gas and oil production on U.S. land. Biden, though, has refused to do so. And, he is apparently so against the idea that he is willing to ask Saudi Arabia – the country that he said he would make a “pariah” state – for help before allowing more U.S. oil and gas production.

Forget transparency

The New York Post reports that Biden will not be holding a press conference when he meets with MBS.

“We don’t have a press conference for Saudi [Arabia],” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Wednesday. “But what we are trying to do is trying to make sure that you guys hear from the president in Saudi [Arabia], on the bilats [bilateral meetings], on the trip, and make sure that you guys hear directly from him.”

Any guesses why Biden won’t be taking questions? We’ve got a few.

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