Post Politics Now: Biden calls murder of Khashoggi ‘outrageous,’ says he raised it in meeting with Saudi crown prince (2023)

Today, President Biden met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who U.S. intelligence officials say ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In remarks after the meeting, Biden said he raised the killing with Mohammed and was “straightforward and direct” with the crown prince. The president said the murder was a “clear violation of human rights” and “totally inconsistent with who we are [as a country].”

“What happened to Khashoggi was outrageous,” Biden said. The president said the crown prince told him that he was not personally responsible for the murder. The president said he indicated to the crown prince that he thought he was responsible. U.S. intelligence officials have determined that the crown prince ordered Khashoggi’s killing by Saudi agents, though he has denied any responsibility.

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  • 11 a.m. Eastern time: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democrats held a news conference in advance of votes on abortion-related bills. Watch here.
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8:23 p.m.

On our radar: Biden continues Middle East trip

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President Biden was in Saudi Arabia on Friday, where he met with the kingdom’s leaders, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The meeting with the prince drew criticisms since it was first announced, and on Friday the president drew international attention after he greeted him with a fist-bump. The president will continue his Middle East tour this weekend. Here’s what we’re watching:

  • Biden on Saturday will meet with Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi of Iraq, and later with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi. Later, the president will meet with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates. Afterward, the president will attend a welcome reception for a summit between the Gulf Cooperation Council plus Egypt, Iraq and Jordan. Biden will fly back to Washington after the summit.
  • First lady Jill Biden will attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Massachusetts on Saturday night.
  • Trump will no longer speak at a rally in Arizona. The rally was rescheduled in the wake of news of the death of his first wife, Ivana Trump.

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7:54 p.m.

The latest: Ivana Trump’s death ruled an accident by medical examiner

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The death of former president Donald Trump’s first wife, Ivana Trump, was ruled an accident by the New York City chief medical examiner on Friday.

Her cause of death was listed as “blunt impact injuries of torso.”

The Trump family announced Thursday that Ivana Trump, mother of Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr., had passed away. The former president and his children lamented her death in statements online.

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7:52 p.m.

The latest: Biden will not nominate antiabortion conservative favored by McConnell to judgeship

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The White House confirmed on Friday that it will not nominate Chad Meredith, an antiabortion conservative favored by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), to a lifetime federal judgeship after he received opposition from McConnell’s home-state colleague — Sen. Rand Paul (R).

Paul, according to White House spokesman Andrew Bates, did not return a “blue slip” on Meredith.

“Therefore, the White House will not nominate Mr. Meredith,” Bates said.

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7:49 p.m.

Our questions, answered: What deadlines do Democrats face in Congress?

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What upcoming deadlines do Democrats face as they attempt to pass measures through Congress?

While it may seem as if Democrats in Congress have a single looming deadline — the November midterm elections — they actually have more-immediate target dates to hit.

First comes the summer recess, which starts Aug. 8. Among the measures Democrats are trying to pass before then is one that would fund semiconductor investments in the nation. Democrats want this bill on President Biden’s desk by the end of July to beat their summer break — and before global manufacturers of these chips take their business elsewhere.

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6:07 p.m.

Noted: Some Democrats fear state legislative races aren’t being taken seriously enough post-Roe

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Three weeks after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, some Democratic candidates and strategists in legislative contests across the country are finding that long-standing challenges to compete for attention from party leadership have persisted in the wake of the ruling, Annie Linskey reports:

For example, in Michigan, the GOP-led legislature is pushing for a 1931 abortion ban to be enforced. Democrats need a net gain of just three state Senate seats to create a tie in the upper chamber.

5:59 p.m.

CDC warns of rising monkeypox cases, as criticism of response grows

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Federal officials on Friday warned they were bracing for the nation’s record monkeypox outbreak to worsen, adding that they would change their vaccine-distribution plan to send more doses to the hardest-hit areas.

“We anticipate we may see an increase in cases throughout the month of July and into August,” Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters.

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5:47 p.m.

The latest: Washington Post publisher decries Biden fist-bump with Saudi Prince

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The publisher and CEO of The Washington Post decried the fist-bump Biden shared with Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday, calling the gesture “shameful.”

U.S. intelligence officers have long believed that Mohammed, who is first in line for the Saudi throne, ordered the 2018 assassination of Saudi Arabian journalist and Post columnist Jamal Khashoogi.

Khashoogi, at the time of his murder, was a Post Global Opinions contributing columnist.

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4:37 p.m.

This just in: Biden says he ‘straightforwardly’ addressed Khashoggi’s killing at meeting with crown prince

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President Biden, speaking to reporters Friday after his meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, said he confronted the Saudi leader “straightforwardly” about the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“With respect to the murder of Khashoggi, I raised it at the top of the meeting,” Biden said. “I made my view crystal clear. I said very straightforwardly, for an American president to be silent on an issue of human rights, is this consistent with … who we are and who I am?”

U.S. intelligence believes that the crown prince ordered the 2018 murder of Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributing columnist who had been critical of Saudi leadership.

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3:34 p.m.

This just in: Jan. 6 committee will hold prime-time hearing Thursday

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The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection will hold its next hearing Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern — a prime-time spot.

This will be the committee’s eighth televised public hearing of the summer, but the second scheduled at night, landing a coveted spot on America’s TV networks.

The committee did not release further details about the hearing, or say who might be testifying. During an appearance on “GMA3,” Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.), a committee member who is expected to lead Thursday’s hearing with Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), said the public can expect to see the most detailed timeline of the riot.

3:30 p.m.

The latest: Biden, without mentioning Manchin, condemns lack of action on climate change

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President Biden in a statement Friday said he will “take strong executive action” on provisions meant to tackle climate change, a day after Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) said he would not support the Democrats’ plan to invest in measures meant to combat climate change.

Without naming Manchin, Biden said that if the Senate does “not move to tackle the climate crisis,” he will sign his own executive actions.

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2:14 p.m.

The latest: Schiff says Biden fist-bump shows grip of ‘oil-rich autocrats’ on U.S. foreign policy

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The optics of President Biden fist-bumping Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman did not sit well with some of the president’s fellow Democrats, including one senior House member — Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) — who expressed his dismay publicly.

“If we ever needed a visual reminder of the continuing grip oil-rich autocrats have on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, we got it today,” Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted. “One fist bump is worth a thousand words.”

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2:00 p.m.

This just in: House — once again — passes bill to protect abortion access

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The House passed legislation that would protect access to reproductive health care, including the ability to travel across state lines for an abortion, as part of Democrats’ efforts to minimize the consequences of the Supreme Court’s overturning Roe v. Wade.

The first measure, the Women’s Health Protection Act, passed 219-210. All Republicans and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) voted against the measure.

This is a second attempt by the House to turn this bill into law. The House first passed the measure in September, but it failed to advance in the Senate earlier this year in the face of Republican opposition, before the court struck down Roe.

1:46 p.m.

The latest: Trump postpones rally in Arizona after ex-wife’s death

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Former president Donald Trump postponed a Saturday rally in Arizona after the death of his ex-wife Ivana Trump.

“Out of love and respect for Ivana, our big Arizona Rally will be postponed until next Friday,” Trump said in a post on his social media site Truth Social.

Kari Lake, a Republican candidate for Arizona governor who was to appear at the rally with Trump, said in a tweet that she was “saddened to receive news” that the rally would be deferred.

1:40 p.m.

The latest: Sen. Heinrich, furious at Manchin, questions his energy committee leadership

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Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) unleashed his frustration at fellow Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) on Friday, questioning the latter’s role as chair of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee after Manchin struck down Democrats’ plans to deal with the climate crisis.

“We have an opportunity to address the climate crisis right now,” Heinrich tweeted. “Senator Manchin’s refusal to act is infuriating. It makes me question why he’s Chair of ENR.”

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FAQs

What did Saudi crown prince do? ›

He also serves as the chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs and chairman of the Council of Political and Security Affairs. Even prior to his appointment as prime minister, he was considered the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, and he served as minister of defense from 2015 to 2022.

Who is the king of Saudi Arabia? ›

Saudi Arabia owes its present formation to King Abdulaziz Al-Saud (1882-1953), who established the modern Kingdom in 1932. Since 1953, Saudi Arabia has been ruled by the sons of King Abdulaziz. The present ruler King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, ascended to the throne in January 2015.

Who is MBS wife? ›

Sara bint Mashour Al Saud (Arabic: سارة بنت مشهور آل سعود) is a member of the Saudi royal family as the granddaughter of King Abdulaziz and the spouse of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

How many wives does Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia have? ›

Salman bin Abdulaziz has been married three times. He had thirteen children. His first wife was Sultana bint Turki Al Sudairi who was a first cousin of Salman, being a daughter of his maternal uncle Turki bin Ahmad Al Sudairi, who had served as a governor of the Asir Province. They married in 1954.

What is the net worth of the royal family of Saudi Arabia? ›

Saudi Arabia – US$1.4 trillion

The House of Saud has ruled since 1744 and even named the country after itself.

Which Saudi king had the most wives? ›

Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud is the founder of Saudi Arabia. He was the king of Saudi from 1932 to his death in 1953. He had about 22 wives and was the father of almost 100 children, including 45 sons.

What does Saudi mean in Arabic? ›

Its inclusion expresses the view that the country is the personal possession of the royal family. Al Saud is an Arabic name formed by adding the word Al, meaning "family of" or "House of", to the personal name of an ancestor.

Who will be the next King of Saudi Arabia? ›

Prince Mohammed, who turned 37 last month, has been first in line to succeed his father as king since 2017. Saudi Arabia has for years sought to quell speculation over the health of the 86-year-old king, who has ruled the world's top oil exporter since 2015.

What was the name of Saudi Arabia before 1932? ›

From 1902 until his death in 1953, Saudi Arabia's founding father, Abdulaziz, ruled the Emirate of Riyadh (1902–1913), the Emirate of Nejd and Hasa (1913–1921), the Sultanate of Nejd (1921–1926), the Kingdom of Hejaz and Nejd (1926–1932), and as the King of Saudi Arabia (1932–1953).

Is Saudi king related to Prophet Muhammad? ›

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II is the 42nd-generation direct descendant of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him). His Royal Highness is the eldest son of Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al Abdullah.

What does Crown Prince mean? ›

countable noun [N-TITLE] A Crown Prince is a prince who will be king of his country when the present king or queen dies.

Why do Saudis wear robes? ›

Wearing a loose-fitting thobe ensures men are properly covered and modest in their attire. It also ensures that they are suitably dressed for the Islamic prayer which is read five times per day.

Does the Saudi prince have a harem? ›

In one vivid example of many, Prince Turki bin Abdullah is described as having kept a modern-day harem – a group of women who live lavishly all over the world, ready to pick him up anywhere.

How many wives does King of Dubai have? ›

He is married to Sheikha Sheikha bint Saeed bin Thani Al Maktoum, and they have two children: Rashid bin Hamdan Al Maktoum (born 20 May 2021).

What is Saudi sovereign wealth fund? ›

The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia was established in 1971 and is that nation's sovereign wealth fund. It provides financing for productive commercial projects that are strategically significant to the development of the Saudi Arabian economy.

Who is the richest member of the royal family UK? ›

One of the richest people in the world, Queen Elizabeth II inherited much of her fortune but is credited with having made some astute investments during her long life and reign.

Who is the richest person in the royal family? ›

List of royalty by net worth
RankNameNet worth
1Vajiralongkorn$43 billion — $30 billion
2Hassanal Bolkiah$28 billion — $20 billion
3Salman of Saudi Arabia$18 billion
4Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (died in 2022)$15.0 billion
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Who is the richest royal family in the world? ›

The Royal Family Of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has been ruled by the House of Saud since 1744. The family's net worth is about $1.4 trillion. The present ruler, King Salman Al Saud is reportedly the richest member of the family.

How many wives can men have in Saudi Arabia? ›

Polygamy. Polygamy is legal in Saudi Arabia, whereby a man may have up to four wives. However, a man is only allowed to take multiple wives if he can meet certain conditions under shari'a law. For example, he must have the financial capacity to afford another marriage and provide for another wife and her family.

How many Saudis have multiple wives? ›

Therefore, the percentage of Saudi Arabian polygamists is roughly 12.47 % in the country.

Which countries allow multiple wives? ›

Countries that recognize polygamous marriages
  • Algeria.
  • Cameroon.
  • Chad.
  • Central African Republic.
  • Republic of the Congo.
  • Djibouti.
  • Egypt.
  • Eswatini.

Who is the richest Saudi prince? ›

Alwaleed bin Talal is a billionaire and member of the Saudi Arabian royal family. He is the founder of the Kingdom Holding Company.

Is Saudi Arabia a dictatorship? ›

Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy, although, according to the Basic Law of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia's de facto constitution, adopted by royal decree in 1992, the king must comply with Sharia (that is, Islamic law) and the Qur'an. The Qur'an and the Sunnah are declared to be the de jure country's constitution.

Does Saudi Arabia have nuclear weapons? ›

Saudi Arabia officially is a non-nuclear-weapon state party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and it has also an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

What is Saudi sovereign wealth fund? ›

The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia was established in 1971 and is that nation's sovereign wealth fund. It provides financing for productive commercial projects that are strategically significant to the development of the Saudi Arabian economy.

Who is the richest royal family in the world? ›

The Royal Family Of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has been ruled by the House of Saud since 1744. The family's net worth is about $1.4 trillion. The present ruler, King Salman Al Saud is reportedly the richest member of the family.

What is the richest country in the world? ›

Luxembourg is the world's richest country and the world's largest banking centre. More than 200 banks and 1,000 investment funds operate in the capital. The high performance of Luxembourg is partly due to the fact that citizens of neighbouring countries work in the duchy: France, Germany and Belgium.

Is Saudi Arabia an ally of the US? ›

Saudi Arabia and the U.S. are strategic allies, and since President Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. has sold $110 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia.

Is Saudi Arabia communist or socialist? ›

Communist Party in Saudi Arabia
Communist Party in Saudi Arabia الحزب الشيوعي في السعودية
NewspaperWay of the Toilers
Youth wingUnion of Democratic Youth - Saudi Arabia
IdeologyCommunism Marxism-Leninism Republicanism
Political positionFar-left
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What religion is Saudi Arabia? ›

According to the 1992 Basic Law of Governance, the country's official religion is Islam and the constitution is the Quran and Sunna (traditions and practices based on the life of the Prophet Muhammad). The legal system is based largely on sharia as interpreted by the Hanbali school of Sunni Islamic jurisprudence.

Does Saudi Arabia support Israel or Palestine? ›

Arab–Israeli conflict

A charter member of the Arab League, Saudi Arabia has supported Palestinian rights to sovereignty, and called for withdrawal from the West Bank and other territory occupied by Israel since 1967.

Does Saudi Arabia have a strong military? ›

Boasting by far the best-equipped armed forces in the Gulf region, Saudi Arabia's military is a force to be reckoned with.

Who funded Pakistan nuclear weapons? ›

According to a 2001 Department of Defense report, China has supplied Pakistan with nuclear materials and has provided critical technical assistance in the construction of Pakistan's nuclear weapons development facilities, in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, of which China is a signatory.

Who owns the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia? ›

Faisal bin Abdulaziz

Who owns Abu Dhabi Investment Authority? ›

Key Takeaways. The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) is a government-owned investment organization that manages the sovereign wealth fund for Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The ADIA ranked as the third-largest sovereign wealth fund in the world in 2022 with over $708 billion in assets.

How much Saudi money is invested in the US? ›

Flush With Oil Profits, Saudi Arabia Pours $7.5 Billion Into U.S. Stocks From Amazon to Microsoft - WSJ.

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