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Saudi crown prince privately mocks Biden – WSJ – RT World News


US president and Mohammed bin Salman ‘don’t like or trust each other’, sources tell newspaper

US-Saudi relations are “fracking” due to the dislike and mistrust between President Joe Biden and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing government sources in Riyadh.

The 37-year-old crown prince, who is the day-to-day ruler of the Gulf monarchy and son of King Salman, “mocking President Biden in private”, makes fun of his many public gaffes, and “questions his mental acuity”, according to the newspaper’s sources.

The pair “don’t like or trust each other” and the prince would have “very favorite” former President Donald Trump.

Biden has battled accusations that his physical and mental health has deteriorated — claims heightened by numerous public incidents where the president stumbled over his words and appeared visibly confused during events.

In an interview with MSNBC on Sunday, Biden admitted it was “legit” to make Americans worry about his advanced age, but insisted he was fit and healthy.


While geopolitical and economic forces have driven a wedge between Washington and Riyadh for years, the personal enmity between Biden and MBS has “digged the tension” said the newspaper.

Saudi Arabia’s decision to cut oil production and raise crude oil prices amid high inflation ahead of the US midterm elections has added to the bad sentiment, with the White House recently admitting it was “reevaluate” his relationship with the kingdom.

The Biden administration also considered cutting oil production as Riyadh offered a helping hand to Russian President Vladimir Putin amid Moscow’s ongoing offensive in Ukraine as it raised oil prices and “assisted funds” Russia’s military effort, undermining Western sanctions. Saudi Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman said he was “surprised” by accusations that Riyadh was siding with Moscow in the conflict.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan has denied claims that the crown prince mocked Biden, calling them “entirely false” allegations made by anonymous sources. The rulers of Riyadh still have the “the greatest respect” for US presidents, he told the Journal.

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The severance of relations does not bode well for either side, with the WSJ noting that it endangers counterterrorism operations, as well as US and Saudi efforts to “contain Iran”.

As Biden publicly punched MBS during his trip to Jeddah in July, the prince was reportedly angry that the US president repeatedly raised human rights issues, including the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, in 2018.

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