Watch: Biden’s Heartless Response to Question About Murdered Journalist – ‘What a Silly Question’

During the campaign, President Joe Biden promised to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah” nation because of the state-sponsored murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Then, after he became president, he moved to dramatically reduce American oil production and to slash carbon emissions in the United States by 50 percent in less than 10 years. Now, the Democrats are facing a midterm bloodbath where inflation is the top issue on voters’ minds — and gas prices have been a huge part of the record inflation numbers the Biden administration has been facing. All of a sudden, oil-rich Saudi Arabia doesn’t seem like so much of a pariah to Biden, particularly since he wants them and other OPEC nations to start opening the spigot. That’s why the president not only visited the “pariah” state during his first Middle Eastern tour, he even gave a fist-bump to Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince who’s the power behind the throne in Riyadh and was reportedly the mastermind of the Khashoggi killing. Not that Biden’s taking the criticism of the fist-bump to heart. In fact, he’s laughing it off — literally. During a Friday news conference in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Biden laughed off a reporter’s query about the fist bump, then said it was a “silly question” when the reporter asked if he was concerned the Saudis would carry out another assassination similar to Khashoggi’s. (Here at The Western Journal, we’ve chronicled how Joe Biden’s campaign promises have disintegrated — or have impoverished Americans with rampant inflation and a terrible economy. As voters go to the polls this November, we’ll make sure they know the truth about the Democrats’ record. You can help us by becoming a member.) The fist-bump came ahead of a one-on-one sit-down with MBS — something Biden had promised last month wouldn’t even happen. “I’m not going to meet with MBS,” Biden said, according to CNBC. “I’m going to an international meeting, and he’s going to be part of it.” That clearly wasn’t the case — and blowback was harsh and immediate. That’s why it was a stunner when Biden laughed off criticism — with a touch of heartlessness, it must be said — when a reporter noted the president was “coming under a lot of fire for your fist bump with the [Saudi] crown prince.” “I just wanted to give you a chance to respond to that,” the reporter continued. “How can you be sure that another incident, another murder like Jamal Khashoggi’s won’t happen again?” “Well — God love you. What a silly question,” Biden responded. “How could I possibly be sure of any of that? I just made it clear if anything occurs like that again, they’ll get that response and much more.” According to a White House transcript, Biden went on to compare the situation to how he deals with China. “Look, you’ve heard me say before — and when I criticized Xi Jinping for slave labor and what they’re doing in the — in the western mountains of China, and they said I had no right to criticize China. And I said, ‘Look, I am president of the United States of America. For the United States President to remain silent on a clear violation of human rights is totally inconsistent with who we are, what we are, and what we would do, what we believe. And so I’m not going to remain silent. [firefly_poll] “Can I predict anything is going to happen, let alone here, let alone in any other part of the world? No,” he continued. “But I don’t know why you’re all so surprised the way I react. No one has ever wondered did I mean what I say. The question is I sometimes say all that I mean.” Earlier in the news conference, Biden said that, with regard to Khashoggi’s murder, “I raised it at the top of the meeting, making it clear what I thought of it at the time and what I think of it now.” However, this position was significantly different than the one he offered during a Democratic debate in 2019, when asked about how he would deal with Saudi Arabia after the murder of Khashoggi. At the time, even though the CIA had concluded bin Salman had ordered the brutal 2018 slaying of Khashoggi — a Washington Post columnist who had been critical of the Saudi regime — then-President Donald Trump’s administration had maintained normal relations with Riyadh. “Khashoggi was, in fact, murdered and dismembered, and I believe on the order of the crown prince,” Biden said during the debate, according to a Washington Post transcript. “And I would make it very clear we were not going to, in fact, sell more weapons to them, we were going to, in fact, make them pay the price and make them, in fact, the pariah that they are. There’s very little social redeeming value of the — in the present government in Saudi Arabia.” What Biden has found, however, is that there is redeeming diplomatic value in the present government in Saudi Arabia, particularly when political expediency demands ramped-up oil production abroad. That said, a one-on-one meeting, combined with a fist-bump, is probably a bit too much — something both Khashoggi’s fiancee and his former employer noted. Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi’s fiancee, retweeted a photo of the fist bump along with a mock tweet from Khashoggi’s Twitter account: “Hey @POTUS. Is this the accountability you promised for my murder. This blood of MBS’s next victim is on your hands,” it read. “What Jamal Khashoggi would tweet today,” she wrote. In a statement, Fred Ryan, the publisher and CEO of the decidedly pro-Biden Washington Post, said that “[t]he fist bump between President Biden and Mohammed bin Salman was worse than a handshake — it was shameful. It projected a level of intimacy and comfort that delivers to MBS the unwarranted redemption he has been so desperately seeking.” At least in the case of Cengiz, Biden didn’t laugh the question off: “I’m sorry she feels that way. I was straightforward then and I was straightforward today,” he said. It’s just that “straightforward” means two different things in two different situations. In 2019, Joe Biden wanted to be president. In 2022, he wants cheap oil. That’s how a “pariah” state becomes a fist-bump buddy. In both cases, Biden was being straightforward. He’s just moving straightforwardly in totally opposite directions, which is unsurprising in a man whose moral compass is so defective. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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