Post Politics Now: Biden calls murder of Khashoggi ‘outrageous,’ says he raised it in meeting with Saudi crown prince (2022)

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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  • 10:25 a.m. Eastern time: Biden left Tel Aviv for Jiddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • 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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(Video) Biden Says He Confronted Saudi Crown Prince On Khashoggi Murder

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.

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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.

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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