Biden laughed when asked about his criticism of his fist punch with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
President Joe Biden is laughing at criticism over his decision to greet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) with a handshake.
On Friday, reporters had the opportunity to ask questions of the president during his trip to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Emily Goodin of the Daily Mail notes, “You’re burning a lot because of your fist bump with the crown prince. I just wanted to give you a chance to reciprocate that.”
She asked, “Also, how can you be sure another incident, another murder like that of Jamal Khashoggi won’t happen again?”
When Goodin noticed criticism of his decision to punch MBS, Biden burst into laughter.
Watch: Biden laughs when asked about criticism of his fist punch with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
“God loves you. What a silly question,” he replied.
He added, “How can I be sure of that? I’m just making it clear that, if anything like that happens again, they’ll get that feedback and more. “
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Daily Mail’s @EmilyLGoodin: “You’re under a lot of fire because of your fist bump with the Crown Prince. I just wanted to give you a chance to respond… Also, how can you be sure… another murder like Khashoggi’s won’t happen again?”
Biden: “God loves you. What a silly question.” pic.twitter.com/20O6N73ixS
– Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) July 15, 2022
Her question concerns the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, Turkey.
The Central Intelligence Agency concluded that MBS directed the murder.
Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia is seen as part of an effort to correct his tough words about the country during the presidential campaign when he vowed to turn the country into a “pariah.” .
One official told NBC News of the trip, “Even when the president realized the strategic importance of going to meet Saudi Arabia, he hesitated.”
“In the end, he realized it was inevitable,” the official added.
The newspaper reported, “Officials have discussed over and over whether Biden should smile for a photo with the crown prince or shake his hand – even debating whether Biden should take the wing. your hand in doing so or not.”
According to the IJR, although there was talk of his manners around the crown prince, he received a lot of criticism for his impact on his fist.
Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), tweeted, “Blood fist bump seen around the world. this is worse than Trump touching the globe.”
bloody fist bumps are seen around the world.
this is worse than touching Trump’s sphere, @POTUS
you have humiliated our entire country.
– Sarah Leah Whitson (@sarahleah1) July 15, 2022
“[Biden]you have humiliated our entire country,” she added.
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