Joe Biden mocks Fist Bump criticism with Saudi crown prince

President Joe Biden laughed off a question on Friday about criticism of his fist bump with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and called a question about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi “stupid.”

Biden made a brief statement after his meeting with Saudi officials and took a few questions from reporters.

The president burst out laughing after a reporter told him he was being criticized for his punch with Salman.

The reporter also asked how Biden could be sure a murder like that of Saudi dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi wouldn’t happen again if he didn’t make the Saudis pay for their crimes.

“Well, God loves you. What a silly question!” Biden said. “How could I be sure of all this? I just made it clear that if something happened like this again, they would get this answer and more.

Biden appeared frustrated with the level of criticism he was receiving upon meeting and punching the crown prince.

“I don’t know why you’re all so surprised at the way I’m reacting,” he snapped. “Nobody ever wondered if I mean what I say, the question is that sometimes I say everything I mean.”

Biden insisted he brought up the Khashoggi murder and criticized the Saudis for it at the head of the meeting.

“I was candid and direct when I spoke about it. I made my point crystal clear. I said very simply – for an American president to shut up on a human rights issue is inconsistent with who we are and who I am,” Biden said.

The president said the crown prince told him he was not responsible for killing Khashoggi and told the prince he disagreed.

Biden dismissed Khashoggi’s fiancée for criticizing his encounter, saying “I’m sorry she feels that way,” when reporters asked him about his social media comments.

The president defended his meetings in Saudi Arabia, noting that he accomplished “significant business” including talks with the Saudis about increasing their oil production and developing clean energy projects.

“We had a good discussion about ensuring global energy security and an adequate supply of oil to support global economic growth, and that will start shortly,” Biden said, adding that he expected more. future announcements from the Saudis on oil production in a few weeks.


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