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Bernie Sanders rips Biden for Saudi Arabia trip


Sen. Bernie Sanders criticized President Biden on Sunday for traveling to Saudi Arabia to rekindle diplomatic relations and to request that the OPEC leader produce more oil to blunt high gasoline prices.

Mr. Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with Democrats, said the visit effectively rewarded Saudi Arabia for the murder and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“You have the leader of that country who is involved in the murder of a Washington Post journalist. I don’t think that that type of government should be rewarded with a visit by the president of the United States,” he said on ABC News program “This Week.”

Mr. Sanders derided the profits that domestic oil companies have received during high oil and gasoline prices, in addition to criticizing Saudi Arabia’s history of human-rights abuses.  

“You’ve got a family that is worth $100 billion which crushes democracy, which treats women as third-class citizens, which murders and imprisons its opponents. And if this country believes in anything, we believe in human rights, we believe in democracy. And I just don’t believe that we should be maintaining a warm relationship with a dictatorship like that,” he said.

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