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Biden to “Reevaluate” U.S.-Saudi-Relationship as Congressmembers Call for Halt to Arms Sales

HeadlineOct 12, 2022

The White House said Tuesday President Biden would “reevaluate” the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia following OPEC’s recent announcement it would cut oil production by 2 million barrels a day, boosting the cost of gas and providing a boon to Russia amid its invasion of Ukraine. On Monday, Democratic Senator Bob Menendez called for a “freeze” on cooperation with Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congressmember Ro Khanna announced a bill to block all U.S. weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. Congressmember Khanna tweeted, “Their brutal war in Yemen and their fleecing of American consumers at the pump must have consequences.” President Biden addressed the issue on CNN last night.

President Joe Biden: “When this House and Senate gets back, they’re going to have to — there’s going to be some consequences for what they’ve done with Russia.”

Jake Tapper: “What kind of consequences? Menendez says suspend all arms sales. Is that something you’d consider?”

President Joe Biden: “I’m not going to get into what I’d consider and what I have in mind.”

Meanwhile, United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan held talks with Vladimir Putin Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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