Biden has ‘no plans’ to meet with the Saudi crown prince, will act strategically after oil cuts

President Joe Biden has “no plans” to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman next month after the kingdom moved to cut international oil production in line with Russia, a senior White House official said Sunday.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the president will continue to examine the US relationship with the Saudis ahead of the G20 summit in Indonesia next month. But Sullivan added that the president would not make any major diplomatic moves until Congress returns from its recess.

“This is a relationship that has been built over decades on a bipartisan basis. So the president is not going to act quickly,” Sullivan said Sunday on CNN’s “Face the Nation.” “He will act methodically, strategically. And he’s going to take his time and consult with members of both parties and also have an opportunity for Congress to come back so he can sit down with them personally and work through the options.”

Biden said earlier this month it was time for the US to rethink its relationship with Saudi Arabia, saying there would be “consequences” after the kingdom allied with the Kremlin and said the OPEC+ bloc of oil-producing nations would dramatically reduce oil production by 2 million barrels per day.

OPEC+ includes Saudi Arabia, Russia and other major oil exporters, although the bloc is effectively led by the Saudis.

The move is expected to lift falling oil prices, which in turn will help Russian President Vladimir Putin finance his ongoing invasion of Ukraine. The decision will also lift U.S. gas prices ahead of the midterm elections, a crucial barometer of political support.

“There will be some consequences for what they’ve done with Russia,” Biden said at the time.

Sullivan said Sunday that one potential shift could be a reevaluation of U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, though he said there was “nothing immediately moving now” on the issue.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.


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