Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has been a pretty staunch supporter of President Joe Biden, but he is not thrilled with what Biden just did.
The senator, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, appeared on the ABC News show “This Week” on Sunday, when he criticized the president’s trip to Saudi Arabia.
“You have a leader of that country who was involved in the murder of a Washington Post journalist,” he said. “I don’t think that that type of government should be rewarded with a visit by the President of the United States.”
He presented his ideas as the alternative, including a profits windfall tax that could be passed on to consumers from the oil companies.
“You’ve got a family that is worth $100 billion, which questions democracy, which treats women as third class citizens, which murders and imprisons its opponents,” he said. “And if this country believes in anything, we believe in human rights. We believe in democracy. I just don’t believe we should be maintaining a warm relationship with a dictatorship like that.”
And he was not the only President Biden supporter to criticize the trip.
Democrat California Rep. Adam Schiff is furious with President Joe Biden after he met, and fist bumped with, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“If we ever needed a visual reminder of the continuing grip oil-rich autocrats have on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, we got it today,” Schiff said on Twitter. “One fist bump is worth a thousand words.”
Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, hit back at Joe Biden after the US President confronted him about the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a meeting between the two leaders on Friday, according to a source familiar with the matter.
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