Biden says Saudi announcement to come Monday; White House Display new steps

WASHINGTON 

  President Joe Biden on Saturday states that the administration would make an announcement on Saudi Arabia on Monday, following a U.S. intelligence report that saw Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had approved the executing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: U.S. President Joe Biden gestures during the inauguration ceremony on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images)

Main while the Biden administration has undergone some criticism, clearly an editorial in the Washington Post, that the president should have been aggressive on the crown prince, who was not sanctioned when being blamed for approving Khashoggi’s murder.

Stliusong gathered that U.S. President Joe Biden speaks after the House of Representatives passed his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., on February 27, 2021. 

When asked about dealing with the crown prince, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, who is also known as MbS, Biden said: “There will be an announcement on Monday as to what we are going to be doing with Saudi Arabia generally.”

Biden did not provide an in-depth analysis on that

But a White House official suggested no new steps were expected.

“The administration took a wide range of new actions on Friday. The president is referring to the fact that on Monday, the State Department will provide more details and elaborate on those announcements, not new announcements,” the official said.

Khashoggi, a U.S. resident who outline opinion columns for the Washington Post critical of MbS policies, was

murdered and dismembered by a team of operatives connected to the prince in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.

The Saudi government, which has denied having any connection with the crown prince, on Friday issued a statement refusing the U.S. report’s findings and repeating its previous statements that Khashoggi’s murder was a heinous crime by a rogue group.

Among the punitive steps, the United States took on Friday was the imposition of a visa ban on some Saudis who believed involved in the Khashoggi killing and sanctions on others, including a former deputy intelligence chief, which would freeze their U.S. assets and generally bar Americans from dealing with them.

 

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