Rep. Adam Schiff is one of the most radical Congressmen in the entire House of Representatives. He has been as partisan a Democrat as it gets throughout his tenure.
The California congressman has played key roles in failed witch hunts against Donald Trump. He was the Democratic Party’s face for the Russia hoax, and he was a liaison for the fake Ukraine hearsay ‘whistleblower’ during the first Trump impeachment hearings.
So, Adam Schiff didn’t have to say President Biden’s name for Americans to glean his frustration with the president ‘fist-bumping’ Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, during his Middle East trip to Saudi Arabia on Friday.
If we ever needed a visual reminder of the continuing grip oil-rich autocrats have on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, we got it today.
One fist bump is worth a thousand words.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) July 15, 2022
“If we ever needed a visual reminder of the continuing grip oil-rich autocrats have on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, we got it today,” Schiff said on Twitter. “One fist bump is worth a thousand words.”
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U.S. President Joe Biden took a tour of humiliation in Saudi Arabia on Friday, as part of a a Middle East trip that had earlier included stops with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
Amid the backdrop of the president pleading with the Saudis to increase their oil production, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, also known as MBS, laughed at Biden to his face.
“President Biden, is Saudi Arabia still a pariah?” a reporter shouted as MBS bore a smug grin.
The reporter was escorted out of the room, President Biden and the Saudi Crown Prince ignored the reporter’s question.
Critically, President Biden’s groveling to the Saudis is not only humiliating, it is entirely unnecessary.
“As President Joe Biden travels to Saudi Arabia this week to ask for increased energy production from the Middle Eastern nation, American energy industry representatives say Biden should be looking stateside instead,” Fox Digital reported.
“We think Texas is a lot closer than Saudi Arabia,’ American Exploration and Production Council CEO Anne Bradbury told Fox News Digital. “And President Biden does not need to be traveling halfway around the world searching for solutions to this energy crisis when the solution is right here at home,”
“If the administration is serious about increasing supply, they should be meeting with producers here at home instead of looking to governments overseas,” added American Petroleum Institute spokeswoman Christina Noel.
The White House on Friday nonetheless said Saudi Arabia had committed to increasing oil production—a move that will help “stabilize” markets.
“The commitment from Saudi Arabia came after bilateral meetings between President Biden and administration officials and King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Said and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as Saudi Ministers.”
Energy experts do not believe the increased oil production will do much to lower the price of gas in the United States, however.
Joe Biden made a big pledge on his campaign trail that he would punish the Saudis for the implicated assassination of Saudi journalist and alleged CIA asset Jamal Khashoggi, who was a key point person with Osama bin Laden in the early 1980s.
“Jamal Khashoggi and his loved ones deserve accountability,” a White House statement in October 2020 read. “Under a Biden-Harris administration, we will reassess our relationship with the Kingdom, end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, and make sure America does not check its values at the door to sell arms or buy oil. America’s commitment to democratic values and human rights will be a priority, even with our closest security partners.”
It wasn’t just Adam Schiff who condemned Biden’s actions from the halls of Congress. Florida Republican Rep. Byron Donalds also had withering criticism for the president.
A fist bump for the Saudis and the middle finger to Texas, Colorado, Alaska, North Dakota, and New Mexico, who stand ready to produce the oil Biden is begging Saudi Arabia for.
America LAST. https://t.co/0cmNj6UynU
— Congressman Byron Donalds (@RepDonaldsPress) July 15, 2022
“A fist bump for the Saudis and the middle finger to Texas, Colorado, Alaska, North Dakota, and New Mexico, who stand ready to produce the oil Biden is begging Saudi Arabia for,” Donalds said. “America LAST.”
President Biden's trip to Saudi Arabia is another slap to the face of American oil and gas producers.
From day one, Biden has demonized reliable energy producers through his rhetoric and policies.
Now he's fist bumping Saudi royals.
— Rep. Chip Roy Press Office (@RepChipRoy) July 15, 2022
“President Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia is another slap to the face of American oil and gas producers,” Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy said. “From day one, Biden has demonized reliable energy producers through his rhetoric and policies,” he added. “Now he’s fist bumping Saudi royals. Despicable.”
Fellow Texas Republican Rep. Lance Gooden also weighed in with some scathing criticism.
The Saudi crown prince got a fist bump from Joe Biden.
11,000 Keystone XL workers got pink slips from Joe Biden.
— Lance Gooden (@Lancegooden) July 15, 2022
“The Saudi crown prince got a fist bump from Joe Biden. 11,000 Keystone XL workers got pink slips from Joe Biden,” Republican Texas Rep. Lance Gooden said.
Gov. Ron DeSantis’s press secretary Christian Pushaw may have gotten in the last word.
Maybe we wouldn’t need to depend on foreign autocracies so much for oil if dems allowed us to be energy independent again
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) July 15, 2022
“Maybe we wouldn’t need to depend on foreign autocracies so much for oil if dems allowed us to be energy independent again,” she said.
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