Biden Laughs When Asked About Fist Bumping MBS, Dismisses Remarks From Murdered Columnist’s Fiancée
JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA - JULY 15: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY â MANDATORY CREDIT - "ROYAL COURT OF SAUDI ARABIA / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) US President Joe Biden (L) being welcomed by Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) at Alsalam Royal Palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on July 15, 2022. (Photo by Royal Court of Saudi Arabia / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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Democrat President Joe Biden laughed on Friday when he was pressed during a press conference about him fist-bumping Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after Biden previously said that he wanted to treat Saudi Arabia as a “pariah” state.

Biden said in 2019 that he wanted to “make [Saudi Arabia] pay the price and make them, in fact, the pariah that they are” after U.S. intelligence said in report that they assessed that MBS “approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.”

“You’re coming under a lot of fire for your fist bump with the crown prince,” a reporter said to Biden at a press conference.

Biden immediately started laughing.

“I just want to give you a chance to respond to that,” the reporter continued, “but also how can you be sure that another incident, another murder like Jamal Khashoggi, won’t happen again?”

“God love you. What a silly question,” Biden answered. “How could I possibly be sure of any of that?”

A different reporter asked about a tweet from Khashoggi’s fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, in which she shared a mock up tweet of what Jamal would say if he was still alive.

“What Jamal Khashoggi would tweet today,” Cengiz wrote in a tweet that featured a screenshot of the mockup tweet, which stated: “Hey @POTUS, Is this the accountability you promised for my murder? The blood of MBS’s next victim is on your hands.”

“I’m sorry she feels that way,” Biden said in responded to the tweet.

“I was straightforward back then, I was straightforward today,” Biden claimed. “This is a meeting, what I, I didn’t come here to meet the crown prince. I came here to meet the GCC, the nine nations, to deal with the security and the needs of the free world, particularly the United States, and not leave a vacuum here, which was happening as it has in other parts of the world.”

The Washington Post slammed Biden Friday afternoon for the fist bump, calling it “shameful.”

“The fist bump between President Biden and Mohammed bin Salman was worse than a handshake– it was shameful,” The Washington Post Publisher and CEO Fred Ryan said in a statement. “It projected a level of intimacy and comfort that delivers to MBS the unwarranted redemption he has been desperately seeking.”

RELATED: Biden, ‘Fearing’ Saudi Arabia, ‘Won’t Penalize’ MBS After He Promised During Election That He Would Hold Saudi Leaders Accountable: Reports

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