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CNN Turns on Biden Now That Midterms are Over, As Jake Tapper Wrecks Him for ‘Stink of Complicity’ with Saudi Government

CNN is signaling that the two-year honeymoon for failed President Joe Biden is coming to an end. Jake Tapper has joined CBS News in crossing the rubicon to actually venture criticism against the failed president. Watch:

“In a legal filing Thursday night, the Biden Administration sided with this man, even though its own Office of the Director of National Intelligence previously wrote, ‘We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’,” Tapper said.

“At issue was a 2020 lawsuit against 37-year-old Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS, and 28 others in D.C. Federal District Court, accusing them of ‘acting in a conspiracy and with premeditation to kidnap, bind, drug, torture, and assassinate’ Jamal Khashoggi, a resident of the U.S., who wrote for ‘The Washington Post’ at the time,” he continued. “The 2018 murder took place at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Khashoggi’s body was dismembered with a bone saw, one source told ‘The New York Times.’ His remains were never found. Now, MBS denies ordering the murder, but then-candidate Joe Biden did not believe him, saying it shocked him to his very soul and would change how he as president would treat the Saudis.”

“But, as president, Mr. Biden did decide to sell more weapons to Saudi Arabia, $650 million worth in 2021, and then, earlier this year, met with and fist-bumped MBS,” Tapper added. “Biden said he brought up the murderer in their meeting, but it clearly annoyed him when we in the news media focused on this.”

“Why don’t you guys talk about something that matters? I’m happy to answer a question that matters,” Biden said in a clip.

“This week, the Biden Justice Department says it sided with MBS against the lawsuit because MBS is now prime minister, ‘the sitting head of government and, accordingly, is immune from this suit, per precedent and international law’,” Tapper went on. “But that promotion to prime minister by his father, King Salman, who would normally hold that title, that promotion came last month, just a few days before the Biden Administration was supposed to weigh in on this immunity issue.”

“As Fred Ryan, ‘The Washington Post’s publisher and CEO, noted in a statement Friday, ‘While legitimate heads of government should be protected against frivolous lawsuits, the Saudis’ decision to make MBS prime minister was a cynical, calculated effort to manipulate the law and shield him from accountability.’ Ryan says Biden was essentially ‘granting a license to kill to one of the world’s most egregious human rights abusers, who is responsible for the cold-blooded murder of Jamal Khashoggi’,” Tapper said.

“It is worth noting, though the court did invite the Biden Administration to weigh in on this issue of immunity, the Biden Administration did not have to do so,” he added. “They could have stayed silent. The U.S. has a long and shameful history when it comes to American presidents going along with Saudi human rights abuses because they control so much of the fossil fuels to which our country is so addicted. But there’s only one politician who promised he would be different, who pledged that he would make this thug a pariah, who made his stark morality on this one man such a vivid campaign issue, and that’s Joe Biden, who said this in 2019.”

“There’s very little social redeeming value of the — in the present government in Saudi Arabia,” Biden said at the time.

“He was not wrong. A few weeks ago, ‘The Wall Street Journal’ reported that MBS ‘mocks President Biden in private, making fun of the 79-year-old’s gaffes and questioning his mental acuity, according to people inside the Saudi government.’ Nothing gets leaked by the Saudi government to ‘The Wall Street Journal’ without MBS signing off on it, President Biden,” Tapper said. “What are you, what are we getting in exchange for letting this thug get away with murder, Mr. President, other than the stink of complicity?”

That’s some harsh words coming from a CNN host, which might be a sign that Tapper doesn’t want to become the next host at the network to be reassigned or get the axe. But since CBS News has finally decided to ‘verify’ the Hunter Biden laptop after the midterm elections, it may turn out, proverbially speaking, that Joe Biden’s presidency is a ‘dead duck’ instead of a ‘lame duck.’

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