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US president should ostracize Saudi leader over journalist’s death, says House intelligence chief who backed war in Yemen

US President Joe Biden is expected to end his scheduled meeting with Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman this summer, House Intel Committee Chief Adam Schiff told CBS.Confront the Nation” on Sunday.

The Saudi Leader »should be avoidedfor his alleged role in the 2018 murder of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi, the California Democrat said. “I wouldn’t shake his hand.”


This is someone who slaughtered an American resident, cut him to pieces in the most terrible and premeditated way“, Schiff continued. “Until Saudi Arabia makes a radical change in terms of human rights, I would not want anything to do with him.”

The congressman dismissed the idea that Biden should visit Saudi Arabia in a bid to convince the market-leading OPEC country to help lower oil prices, suggesting instead that it poses a “Compelling argument“Why should the United States completely abandon fossil fuels”so we don’t have despots and assassins in charge.” Biden had insisted during his presidential campaign that he would make Saudi Arabia a “pariahstate, a promise that looks set to crumble like many of his other campaign promises.

Gasoline prices hit another record national average of $4.85 a gallon on Sunday, according to the American Automobile Association, and have been rising steadily for months alongside near-record inflation.

Schiff was initially an enthusiastic supporter of the Saudi-led coalition’s brutal war in Yemen, praising the Obama administration for “made the right decisionwhen he backed Riyadh to go to war against the impoverished nation in 2015.

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Seven years later, with hundreds of thousands dead, including tens of thousands of civilians; millions on the brink of starvation; and the situation having deteriorated to the point that the UN dubbed it the “worst humanitarian crisis in the world“Schiff co-sponsored a bill to end”unauthorized“The Involvement of the United States in the War. It’s not clear what “unauthorizedimplies, however, as a press release from Schiff’s office claims, that American participation in the war was “unauthorized“from the start.

Saudi Arabia has denied that bin Salman had anything to do with Khashoggi’s death, specifically condemning the 2021 US intelligence report which claimed the crown prince had “approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to capture or killthe writer. Riyadh has also denied any involvement in war crimes in Yemen.


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