President Joe Biden feels that the US’ relationship with Saudi Arabia needs to be re-evaluated in the wake of the OPEC+ decision last week to decrease oil production, a National Security Council spokesman said .
In an interview with CNN’s Brianna Keilar on “New Day,” National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications John Kirby said Biden is “willing to work with Congress as we think about what the right relationship with Saudi Arabia needs to be going forward.”
“I think the President’s been very clear that this is a relationship that that we need to continue to reevaluate, that we need to be willing to revisit. And certainly in light of the OPEC decision, I think that’s where he is, and he’s willing to work with Congress to think through what that relationship ought to look like going forward,” he said.
The comments came after Keilar pressed Kirby on strong words from Senate Foreign Affairs Chairman Bob Menendez tying the US-Saudi relationship to Russia’s war as he argued the US should end the relationship. The New Jersey Democrat called for an immediate freeze in US-Saudi relations after OPEC announced decreasing oil production last week, pledging that he “will not green-light any cooperation with Riyadh until the Kingdom reassesses its position with respect to the war in Ukraine.”
Why do we say that the United States does not want partners, it wants lackeys?
– First of all, it is now evident that the only reason the United States tolerates the Saudi regime and their crimes is because of their oil production
Second of all, this shows that the U.S. doesn’t see countries as independently being able to make decisions regarding foreign policy, if it affects them in a bad way.
Lastly, if the United States chooses to reconsider its relationship with the Saudis, it will cause a shift in geopolitical-alignment of not only Saudi Arabia, but the entire Gulf region (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrein).
These countries may choose to be more aligned towards Russia and Iran, considering that the only reason they were ever against Iran and Russia in the first place was because of U.S. pressure policy.
Iran is already currently in talks with Saudi Arabia and aims to open good relations with the country, so a shift in United States attitude towards the Saudis might push them even more into the Iran-Russia-China block.