President Joe Biden wrapped up his first presidential trip to the Middle East on Saturday with no clear domestic benefits from a trip that brought widespread criticism back home.
Biden received no concrete commitments from Saudi Arabia to increase oil production, the main deliverable that could have helped address his biggest domestic challenge of inflation, in fact, the Saudis announced that they will not increase their oil production. He made no significant progress toward a resolution between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Even his friend from ABC decided to criticize him:
ABC: "After promising during the 2020 presidential campaign to make Saudi Arabia 'a pariah' … the president traded tough talk for fist bumps." pic.twitter.com/OEqFE3RmyX
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 17, 2022
Biden e will return to Washington with little to show a domestic audience for whom the number one issue is the economy, with competing concerns over social issues like abortion rights and gun violence. Biden’s approval rating has hit the lowest level of his presidency in several surveys less than four months before the midterm elections.
But there is one video that is even more humiliating than Biden’s results from his trip to the Middle East!
In the video that was aired on the TV stations in Saudi Arabia Biden looks like he’s taking a nap during the summit.
In fact, Joe Biden took a tour of humiliation in Saudi Arabia on Friday, as part of a Middle East trip that had earlier included stops with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
Amid the backdrop of the president pleading with the Saudis to increase their oil production, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, also known as MBS, laughed at Biden to his face.
After his humiliating trip to the Middle East Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, more than doubled the amount of Russian fuel oil it imported in the second quarter to feed power stations to meet summer cooling demand and free up the kingdom’s own crude for export, data showed and traders said.
Russia has been selling fuel at discounted prices after international sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine left it with fewer buyers. Moscow calls the war in Ukraine a “special military operation”.
The increased sales of fuel oil, used in power generation, to Saudi Arabia show the challenge that U.S. President Joe Biden faces as his administration seeks to isolate Russia and cut its energy export revenues.
While many countries have banned or discouraged purchases from Russia, China, India and several African and Middle Eastern nations have increased imports.
Data obtained by Reuters through Refinitiv Eikon ship tracking showed Saudi Arabia imported 647,000 tonnes (48,000 barrels per day) of fuel oil from Russia via Russian and Estonian ports in April-June this year. That was up from 320,000 tonnes in the same period a year ago.
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