U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday differed with Saudi Arabia in their account of discussions at a bilateral summit about the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a major point of contention between the two countries.
U.S. intelligence agencies believe Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing in 2018 of Khashoggi, a Saudi-U.S. citizen, which the de facto Saudi ruler denies.
Answering reporters as he arrived at the White House from his first Middle East trip as president, Biden disputed the Saudi foreign minister’s account that he did not hear Biden blame Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of the Washington Post columnist, a harsh critic of his native Saudi Arabia.
Asked whether the minister of state for foreign affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, was telling the truth in recounting the exchange between Biden and the crown prince, the president said “No”.
He also got really angry and confronted the reporters when he was asked about the fist bump:
REPORTER: “Do you regret the fist bump, Mr. President?”
JOE BIDEN: “Why don't you guys talk about something that matters? I'm happy to answer a question that matters.” pic.twitter.com/yUnl1N3VA7
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 17, 2022
Jubeir said the crown prince, known as MbS, had told Biden the kingdom had acted to prevent a repeat of mistakes like Khashoggi’s killing and that the United States had also made mistakes.
The minister told Fox News on Saturday that he “didn’t hear that particular phrase” from Biden blaming the crown prince.
A Saudi official who was present at the meeting said the exchange was not as President Biden described and discussion over Khashoggi occurred before the official meeting in “an informal way”.
Wolf: "Does President accepted your explanation for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi ?"
Saudi FM: "I believe so."
Wolf: "He didn't raise any questions throughout the meeting ?"
Saudi FM: "What is there to raise Wolf, a crime was committed."
— Real Mac Report (@RealMacReport) July 16, 2022
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