Joe Biden's not going to Saudi Arabia, seconds later he is: POTUS seems to be unsure where he's off to
President Joe Biden seems to be confused about whether ‘to go’ or ‘not to go’ to Saudi Arabia. A telecast by CNN shows reporters asking him if has any plans to go to the Middle Eastern country, and the president responds by saying, “No, not yet.” However, just a few seconds later, when he is asked, "What would be holding up the decision at this point? Are there commitments from the Saudis you're waiting for?" he instantly replies, "It happens to be a larger meeting taking place in Saudi Arabia. That's the reason I'm going."
The video, tweeted by RNC research, shows him further stating, "It has to do with national security with the Israelis. It has to do with much larger issues than the energy." The White House is expected to announce the trip to Saudi Arabia and Israel this week, a source told DailyMail. The president’s trip, which is expected to take place around mid-July, could include a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as per the report. The report also says that a spokesperson for the National Security Council confirmed a Biden trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia was being planned. “We have no further trip details to confirm, but we will announce as soon as we do,” the spokesperson said.
Joe Biden says he hasn't decided whether to visit Saudi Arabia, who he previously called "a pariah," to beg for more oil.— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 13, 2022
20 seconds later, he says, "It happens to be a larger meeting taking place in Saudi Arabia. That's the reason I'm going." pic.twitter.com/K4bK6eAZAV
Biden's agenda for oil
The proposed visit is meant to strengthen the nation's ties with Saudi Arabia at a time when Biden is trying to find ways to lower gasoline prices.
Gas prices have surged in recent times amid Russia's continued assault on Ukraine and the subsequent sanctions western countries have imposed on Russian oil, resulting in more than 1 million barrels of oil being pulled from the global market. In March, the President announced that the United States would ban Russian oil and natural gas, warning Americans that 'defending freedom' is going to cost.
According to the reports by New York Times, by June 11, the national average price of gasoline reached $5 a gallon - up 60 cents from a month ago and up nearly two dollars from just one year ago. The average price of gas was above $4 in all 50 states. In California, it exceeds $6 a gallon, while in Minnesota, the price was $4.72.
As stated by DailyMail, energy experts now estimate that for every penny the price of gas increases, it costs Americans an extra $4 million a day. Meanwhile, the average American pays $450 per month for their fuel needs.