Biden claims he pressed Saudi leader on journalist’s murder

US President Joe Biden said he confronted Saudi Arabia’s crown prince over the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Biden claims he pressed Saudi leader on journalist’s murder
16 Jul, 2022 01:53 HomeWorld News

Biden claims he pressed Saudi leader on journalist’s murder

The president stressed that he does not regret labeling the crown prince a ‘pariah’ after the 2018 slaying

US President Joe Biden said he confronted Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) over the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, insisting the royal was personally responsible for the killing.

said he raised the issue “at the top of the meeting” and made his stance “crystal clear.”

“I said very straightforwardly: For an American president to be silent on an issue of human rights, is this consistent with – inconsistent with who we are and who I am? I’ll always stand up for our values,” he said. 

While, according to Biden, the prince denied any direct part in Khashoggi’s murder – which took place in a Saudi diplomatic building in Turkey in October 2018 – the president went on to say he “indicated that [bin Salman] probably was” involved after all.

Asked about recent comments from Khashoggi’s widow, who said “the blood of MbS’s next victim is on [Biden’s] hands,” he simply replied “I’m sorry she feels that way,” going on to say he did not regret dubbing the prince a “pariah” during the 2020 presidential race.

“Do I regret it? I don’t regret anything that I said. What happened to Khashoggi was outrageous,” he added.

fist-bump to the prince, a gesture harshly condemned by Khashoggi’s former fiancee. 

“Hey POTUS, is this the accountability you promised for my murder?” she wrote, apparently speaking from the perspective of her late spouse, while also sharing a photo of the fist-bump.

“to meet with the [Gulf Cooperation Council] and nine nations to deal with the security… and the needs of the free world.”

“aggression” in Ukraine and competition with China.