Joe Biden appears to be losing his appeal even to members of the “Squad.” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said she was outraged by reports that Biden is now considering going to the Saudi Arabians to beg for more oil output as American gas prices are skyrocketing with no end in sight.
Biden is reportedly considering a trip to Saudi Arabia to seek increased oil production to relieve further surging energy prices following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Omar responded by lashing out at Biden on Twitter. She wrote that the US response to Putin’s “immoral war” should not be seeking a stronger relationship with the Saudis, causing Yemen’s worst ongoing global humanitarian crisis. She added that the humanity of Yemenis should matter even if they are not geopolitically important.
Saudi Arabia has been involved since 2015 in assisting the Yemeni government fight against an internal insurgency by Houthi Islamists, which has been labeled as a terror group. Even though Biden said last year that he was ending the US support of Saudi Arabia’s involvement in that conflict, reports last year indicated the administration may still be involved.
Meanwhile, conservatives have criticized Biden’s announced plans to go to the Saudis for additional oil for different reasons. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) had sharp words for the administration’s choice to seek other import sources after closing down domestic energy production. Cotton wrote in a tweet that Biden has gone begging Saudi Arabia for additional oil only two weeks after banning new drilling on federal land in America. He asked whether Biden thinks “only American energy is bad for the environment.”
During Monday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that no plans had been made yet for Biden to visit the Saudis. She also reiterated the administration’s decision not to increase domestic energy production. Psaki spun the issue using standard talking points, saying that “real energy security” would come from reducing the use of fossil fuels in America.