President Biden has been caught in a lie about his recent trip to Saudi Arabia – embarrassing the U.S. on the world stage once again.
Biden’s traveled there with the purpose of begging the Saudis to increase oil production despite having claimed while on the campaign trail he wanted to treat them like a “pariah” state.
In an effort to keep up his tough guy appearance towards the country Biden publicly claimed to have confronted Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) over the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi who was killed while inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
But Saudi officials have exposed Biden, saying that the president flat-out lied about having brought that up.
Biden said during a press conference that he “raised” Khashoggi’s murder with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “at the top of the meeting, making it clear what I thought of it at the time and what I think of it now.”
“And it was exactly — I was straightforward and direct in discussing it,” he continued, peddling this apparent falsehood in an effort to save face.
“I made my view crystal clear. I said very straightforwardly: For an American President to be silent on an issue of human rights, is this consistent with — inconsistent with who we are and who I am? I’ll always stand up for our values.”
Biden also later claimed that he told the Crown Prince that he “thought” he was responsible for the murder and that MBS denied those allegations while indicating that all parties involved were brought to justice.
Adel Al-Jubeir, the Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, who was in the meeting with Biden and MBS said to U.S. journalists that what Biden is claiming is simply not what he heard.
In fact, the Crown Prince actually scolded President Biden to his face about actions that he claims that the U.S. was responsible for that were similar to Khashoggi’s death according to reports.
“These are issues, mistakes that happen in any country, including the U.S.,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan, the Saudi foreign minister, told CNN.
“The Crown Prince pointed out that the US has made its own mistakes and has taken the necessary action to hold those responsible accountable and address these mistakes just as the kingdom has.”
When asked about the accusations made by the Saudi officials that Biden had lied about the interaction, the president seemed to confirm it by exploding on reporters and pressuring them to change the subject.
“Why don’t you guys talk about something that matters?” Biden asked. “I’m happy to answer a question that matters.”