Saudi crown prince MbS 'mocks Biden in private' and 'preferred Trump': report
MBS mocks Biden in private, making fun of his gaffes and questioning his mental acuity. Saudis felt that the President didn’t really want to be there last July. https://t.co/PGIVWVYsel— Michael Amon (@michaelkamon) October 24, 2022
MbS, as bin Salman is known, makes fun of Biden in private and has questioned his mental acuity, according to the WSJ report which cited sources within the Saudi government. MbS has reportedly told his advisers that he preferred working with former president Donald Trump.
Biden has repeatedly criticised the kingdom’s human rights record. While campaigning in 2020, he said that he saw "very little social redeeming value in the present government in Saudi Arabia," and did not talk to MbS for over a year because of his alleged role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
"Rarely has the chain of broken expectations and perceived insults and humiliations been greater than they are now," Aaron David Miller, Middle East analyst now at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace was quoted by the WSJ as saying. "There’s almost no trust and absolutely no mutual respect."
Tensions have risen sharply over the past few months after Saudi Arabia has been perceived to be siding with Moscow following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Earlier this month, the Washington and Riyadh fell out over Saudi-led OPEC+’s decision to cut oil production and drive up prices despite a global wave of inflation, in a move that will likely benefit Moscow as it continues bombarding Ukraine.
One drastic option on the table: Saudi officials have said privately that the kingdom could sell the U.S. Treasury bonds it holds if Congress were to pass anti-OPEC legislation, according to people familiar with the matter.— Summer Said (@summer_said) October 24, 2022
Last week, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said that Biden would act "methodically" in deciding how to respond to Saudi Arabia over oil output cuts, but the options include changes to US security assistance to the kingdom.
Both nations are reportedly prepared to re-evaluate their ties, which would mark a significant change in the 80-year-long relationship which has long underpinned the global economy.