"Autocrats Smiling": Biden Slammed Over Fist-Bump With Saudi Crown Prince

"Autocrats Smiling": Biden Slammed Over Fist-Bump With Saudi Crown Prince

For US President Joe Biden, it took just 24 hours for Saudi Arabia to ruin an image that he had long maintained: one of a strong defender of human right.

Biden is no stranger to campaign promises that eventually backfire. His 2019 promise to declare the desert kingdom “a paeh” because of its human rights records has been a highlight of his political career.

His solemn explanation of Washington’s place on the international stage, given last year at the US Independence Day, was similar: “We are a beacon for the rest of the world.”

Many were unable to connect those words to Biden’s single most memorable image during his first Middle East visit as president, which was his fist-bump in Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

US intelligence officials claim that the Crown Prince, Saudi Arabia’s defacto leader, approved the 2018 operation which led to Jamal Khashoggi’s murder and dismemberment.