Doesn’t Rule Out Begging Venezuela For Oil

President Joe Biden speaks outside Independence Hall, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

At a glance

  • President Biden claimed Thursday that he doesn’t regret his July trip to Saudi Arabia after the Riyadh-led OPEC+ cartel of oil exporters cut production — and refused to rule out turning to Venezuela’s dictatorship next for help.
  • “The trip was not, essentially not for oil,” the president told reporters while leaving the White House for a trip to Poughkeepsie, NY. “The trip was about the Middle East and about Israel and rationalization of positions. But it is a disappointment and it says that there are problems.”
  • However, Biden’s meetings with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — which included an infamous fist bump in front of the global media — were widely understood to be an effort to lower record-high gas prices, which topped $5 per gallon on average in the US in June.

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