On Friday, Biden was seen arriving in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) and being chuckled at later during a sit down.
The two frostily greeted each other using a fist bump while the President was there to ask them to increase their oil production capacity to help him here at home.
Recall, Biden previously called for making Saudi Arabia “a Pariah” after a US intelligence report highlighted that MBS was behind the slaying of Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey at a Saudi consulate. He made a point not to shake MBS’s hand during their greeting so there would not be a photo opportunity.
When settling down in their meeting, Biden was asked by a reporter shouting, “President Biden, is Saudi Arabia still a pariah?”
Biden ignored the question, but MBS can be seen amused by it – while other leaders chuckle. Watch.
Recall when Trump visited the Kingdom, he was met with a ceremonial sword dance. Biden on the other hand was greeted for two minutes during a perfunctory state greeting that lasted all of 2-minutes.
They were definitely treated very differently.
Biden arrives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he receives a polite but perfunctory two-minute welcome on the tarmac from the governor of Mecca and ambassador to the U.S., unlike when Trump came in 2017 and was greeted enthusiastically at the airport by King Salman,” wrote White House correspondent for the New York Times on Twitter.
It’s so obvious how much the Biden administration is reviled in the country of Saudi Arabia and if you look at recent polling, he’s almost as hated here. Do you think they were really laughing at him there? How embarrassing? How would you rate his performance as President during his middle east trip on a scale from 1-100 with 100 being the highest?