Washington warns of tough stance on Saudi Arabia amid outrage over Opec+ oil cut – live

Joe Biden famously wanted to make Saudi Arabia a global “pariah”, citing its murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But gas prices got in the way.

As the war in Ukraine pushed pump prices higher across the United States this year, Biden traveled to Riyadh and greeted crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. The US president said he did press the defacto leader on Khashoggi’s murder, but the visit was widely seen as an attempt to convince him to increase crude production and lower the high price of gas at home, which badly damaged Biden’s approval rating among voters.

Instead, Opec+ announced a production cut at its meeting last week, threatening to send US fuel prices higher just ahead of the 8 November midterms. While Biden condemned the move when it happened, some of the most forceful calls for retaliation are now coming from his Democratic allies in Congress – where the Republican opposition seems set to benefit from any price spike caused by the production cut.

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This article was written by Chris Stein and originally published on www.theguardian.com