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White House defends US-Saudi ‘strategic’ partnership, after Biden vowed to make nation a ‘pariah’ state

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White House defends US-Saudi ‘strategic’ partnership, after Biden vowed to make nation a ‘pariah’ state

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The White House defended the Biden administration’s “strategic” partnership with Saudi Arabia, saying President Biden desires to “get peace” with the nation — after vowing to make it a “pariah” state.

Biden, throughout a Democratic presidential main debate in 2019, promised to make the dominion a worldwide “pariah” as a result of its mistreatment of human beings, violations of worldwide regulation and open hostility to the U.S. — together with the killing of a Washington Post journalist.

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“We were going to in fact make [Saudi Arabia] pay the price, and make them, in fact, the pariah that they are,” Biden stated on the time.

Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Salman bin Abdulaziz al saud propaganda billboard in the street, Mecca province, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on December 14, 2018 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us/Corbis via Getty Images)

Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Salman bin Abdulaziz al saud propaganda billboard on the street, Mecca province, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on December 14, 2018 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us/Corbis by way of Getty Images)

During the White House press briefing Tuesday, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was requested whether or not the president nonetheless seeks to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah.”

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“He said, as president, he believes that if there is any, any way to get peace, he feels like he should take that — that direction,” Jean-Pierre stated. “So, Saudi Arabia has been a strategic partner of the United States for eight decades — every president since FDR has met with Saudi leaders, and the president considers Saudi Arabia an important partner on a host of regional and global strategies, including other efforts to end the war in Yemen, contain Iran and counterterrorism.”

Jean-Pierre added that “Saudi pilots flew with ours in the war against ISIS, its Navy patrols with ours in the Red Sea and the Gulf, and U.S. military personnel are based in Saudi Arabia.”

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“As I’ve said, the president will meet with any leader if it serves the interests of the American people,” she stated. “That’s what he puts first.”

She added: “He believes engagement with Saudi leaders clearly meets that test, as has every president before him.”

Former President Trump visited Saudi Arabia throughout his first overseas journey as president and didn’t bitter to the Arab nation after the killing of Saudi Arabia native and U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

New White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has frequently stumbled since taking over the podium last month when Jenn Psaki left the administration to join MSNBC.

New White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has continuously stumbled since taking up the rostrum final month when Jenn Psaki left the administration to hitch MSNBC.
(AP)

Jean-Pierre’s remarks come after the Washington Post and the New York Times, final week, reported that Biden would journey to Saudi Arabia later this month — even amid his repeated guarantees to carry the nation accountable for human rights violations.

Reports instructed Biden would meet with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

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The White House and the president himself have stated there’s not a go to deliberate presently, however Jean-Pierre on Monday stated there was “a visit in the works.”

“But it wasn’t moved or postponed,” she stated. “It was that the reporting is actually not accurate.” 

“We were still having discussions,” she continued. 

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