Saudi Arabia just exposed Joe Biden and his administration, saying Biden asked for a delay in their oil production cut until after the US midterms. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said OPEC+’s decision to cut production was made in a ‘purely economic context‘ as the Biden Administration attempts to politicize the decision saying it was designed to aid Russia. 

Following the Saudi announcement, David Shafer tweeted, “Biden did not ask the Saudis to maintain current oil production. He asked them to wait a month before cutting it. He is not trying to save Ukraine from Russia or even Americans from higher gas prices, He is trying to save his party from the voters.”

 

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White House national security spokesman John Kirby alleged, “The Saudi Foreign Ministry can try to spin or deflect, but the facts are simple, in recent weeks, the Saudis conveyed to us – privately and publicly – their intention to reduce oil production, which they knew would increase Russian revenues and blunt the effectiveness of sanctions.”

Last week OPEC+ announced it would cut oil production by two million barrels per day, causing gas prices to soar. The average cost on Thursday per gallon of gas is $3.91. 

Ned Price, a State Department spokesperson, tried to dodge whether Biden had asked for a delay til after the mid-terms,

“I certainly can’t confirm that report. What I can confirm is that we conveyed a consistent message to the Saudis: energy supply needs to meet energy demand. We have made the point repeatedly that we have a multiplicity of interests with Saudi Arabia; energy is one of them.”

He added, “And in the context of those discussions regarding energy, we have had senior members of the administration travel to Saudi Arabia in recent months. This was not—this engagement did not take place solely in the context of October 2022 or September 2022.”

Hours later, a Saudi statement was released implying the U.S. did ask for at least a one-month delay in postponing the OPEC+ decision, Bin Farhan Al Saud said,

‘The Government of the Kingdom clarified through its continuous consultation with the U.S. Administration that all economic analyses indicate that postponing the OPEC+ decision for a month, according to what has been suggested, would have had negative economic consequences.’

Saudi Arabia also addressed the Biden Administration’s attempt to divert attention to the Ukrainian-Russian conflict. In a response letter (below) the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the false allegation would not change their decision, “any attempt to distort the facts on the Kingdom’s position regarding the crises in Ukraine are unfortunate and will not change the Kingdom’s principled position.”

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