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Biden Laughed Out Of Saudi, OPEC Cuts Production Despite Plea To Hold Off Until After Midterms

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Saudi Arabia has made itself clear, it will not be delaying the slash in crude-oil production after Biden begged the Kingdom to hold off until after the midterms. Not only does this completely undermine the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia, but also highlights the fact that President Biden doesn’t really care how badly we the American people suffer, as long as we suffer AFTER the midterm election.

According to the NY Post, Saudi Arabia shrugged off pleas by White House officials to delay last week’s OPEC+ decision to slash oil production, with Riyadh viewing the demand as a ploy to “avoid bad news” until after the upcoming midterm elections, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

American officials warned the Saudi government that cutting oil production would weaken Washington’s already wretched relationship with Riyadh, and that the US would interpret the move as the kingdom taking Russia’s side in its ongoing war on Ukraine, a tactic the Biden administration has used with its own people by suggesting that if they don’t support the War in Ukraine, they are supporting Russia.

The Saudi-led group of oil-producing nations quickly brushed off warnings from the U.S. with an announcement that it will slash output by 2 million barrels a day, causing a spike in the price of crude oil, a move that is almost guaranteed to spike rise in US gas prices.

Saudi leaders reportedly viewed the request as a “political gambit by the Biden administration to avoid bad news ahead of the midterms.” AFP via Getty Images.

The NY Post went on to report that in response to the Saudi production cuts, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez called on the Biden administration to cut all ties with the Middle Eastern nation Tuesday.

“The United States must immediately freeze all aspects of our cooperation with Saudi Arabia, including any arms sales and security cooperation beyond what is absolutely necessary to defend U.S. personnel and interests,” Menendez said in a statement. “As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I will not green-light any cooperation with Riyadh until the Kingdom reassesses its position with respect to the war in Ukraine. Enough is enough.”

Three other House Democrats who claim introduced a bill last week that would pull all US troops and missile defense systems from Saudi Arabia in response to the OPEC+ decision.

“Saudi Arabia[’s] … drastic cut in oil production, despite President Biden’s overtures to both countries in recent months, is a hostile act against the United States and a clear signal that they have chosen to side with Russia in its war against Ukraine,” said Reps. Tom Malinowski of New Jersey, Sean Casten of Illinois and Susan Wild of Pennsylvania in a joint statement.

Also on Tuesday, Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois called on Congress to pass the NOPEC Act, which would make “oil-producing and exporting cartels” illegal in the US. The bill, passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee in May, would also strip foreign leaders of their sovereign immunity in oil cartel cases.

“Saudi Arabia’s collusion with Putin to fix prices will increase gas prices for Americans at a time when inflation is high,” Durbin said on Twitter. “The Senate must take action against price fixing by OPEC and pass this legislation.”

In response to the OPEC+ cut, Biden abruptly announced on Oct. 5 that he would release 10 million more barrels from the US strategic reserve in a bid to offset cuts that have already boosted prices at the pump.

The average nationwide price of a gallon of gas stood at $3.92 on Tuesday, according to AAA — up 12 cents from last week.

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