Ilhan Omar turns on Biden: ‘This is wildly immoral act’

President Joe Biden was on the receiving end of heated criticism from within his own party when progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar called him out over the latest report on meeting the oil crisis in the U.S.

The Minnesota Democrat blasted the administration amid reports that, in the face of the ongoing war in Ukraine and with skyrocketing fuel costs, the White House may be looking to secure a deal with Saudi Arabia to pump more oil.

While the administration has yet to make a final decision on banning oil from Russia in the wake of its invasion of its Eastern European neighbor, and with no plans to restart the Keystone XL pipeline, an unconfirmed report that Biden’s senior advisers could be planning a trip to Saudi Arabia in an attempt to increase oil exports sparked anger.

“Our response to Putin’s immoral war shouldn’t be to strengthen our relationship with the Saudis who are currently causing the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet in Yemen,” Omar tweeted.

“Yemenis might not matter to some geopolitically but their humanity should. This is wildly immoral act,” she added, referring to the Saudi-led military coalition that intervened in the Yemeni civil war in 2015 to respond to the rebel Houthi group which was labeled a terrorist organization until last year when Biden lifted the designation.

Though the report of a potential trip to Saudi Arabia has not been confirmed by the White House, U.S. officials reportedly traveled to Venezuela to discuss oil exports and reporters confronted press secretary Jen Psaki about the moves.

Brett McGurk, coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, and Amos Hochstein, a State Department special envoy for energy affairs, reportedly went to Saudi Arabia last month.

“[They] went to Saudi Arabia to discuss a range of issues, including the war in Yemen, including security in the region and certainly including energy security,” Psaki said. “They had the discussion, it’s in everyone’s interest to reduce the impact on the global oil marketplace.”

U.S. Sen, Ted Cruz blasted the news in a tweet calling out the administration’s dismal foreign policies.

“The Biden administration is very, very slowly discovering that alienating allies and boosting enemies is not a great way to conduct foreign policy,” the Texas Republican tweeted. “All it took were several generational global catastrophes and wars abroad, and 1970s inflation and gas prices at home.”

He also agreed it was “insanity” in responding to a tweet from Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume who wrote: “Oh great. Let’s continue to restrict our own oil production and then go to Saudi Arabia to beg them to produce more.”

Many on both sides of the political aisle on social media agreed.



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