Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar criticized President Joe Biden’s journey to Saudi Arabia, saying it was sending the fallacious message concerning the United States’ place on human rights.
The Minnesota Democrat and member of the Squad, who’s a refugee from Somalia, stated Mr Biden’s journey goes again to his phrases that he would make Saudi Arabia a “pariah nation” after the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
“We want to get them to pay the price and actually make them the pariah they are,” he stated as he ran for president.
But now Mr Biden should meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The president’s journey to Saudi Arabia comes as a part of a multi-legged flip by way of the Middle East that included a visit to Israel. Sir. Biden arrives in Saudi Arabia on Friday after Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud invited him to a Gulf Cooperation Council summit that consists of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates together with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. .
The transfer comes regardless of not solely the assassination of Mr Khashoggi, which triggered outrage within the United States, but additionally after Mr Biden criticized the Saudi authorities for killing youngsters throughout the conflict in Yemen. Since then, nevertheless, Mr Biden has proclaimed that enhancements within the area imply the opportunity of peace in Yemen.
But Ms Omar stated the transfer would point out the United States doesn’t care about ladies or human rights.
“I think it sends the wrong message to everyone who cares about human rights and cares that the United States upholds the values of protecting human rights care, you know, promoting democracies, speaking women’s cause,” she stated. “To start this trend by saying that you want to do one thing in foreign policy, and not really, is harmful to you, as we have seen from the outside world.”
-John Bowden and Andrew Buncombe contributed with reporting.