Democrats seethe after OPEC decision to cut oil production

Congressional Democrats are fuming that the United States has remained loyal to the Saudi government, and bin Salman in particular, even amid the myriad human rights abuses in the country, the ongoing war in Yemen and of the regime’s authorization of the gruesome murder of US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who promised during the election campaign that Saudi Arabia would be a “pariah”, made a presidential pivot upon his entry in office, attempting a transition to fist-push diplomacy. But whatever results were hoped for, they took a long time to arrive and patience is now running out.

In an interview with CNBC on Tuesday, Senator Chris Murphy said “it’s time to basically re-evaluate the US alliance with Saudi Arabia.” Representative Ro Khanna, who previously led bipartisan efforts to end US support for the Saudi war in Yemen, said that Biden “should make it clear that we will stop supplying the Saudis with weapons and air spares if they are defrauding the American people and bolstering Putin with drastic production cuts.”

Senator Bernie Sanders said, in a tweet Wednesday, “OPEC’s decision to cut production is a blatant attempt to raise gasoline prices at the pump that cannot hold. We must end the illegal OPEC price-fixing cartel, eliminate military assistance to Saudi Arabia, and aggressively shift to renewable energy.

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