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Son of American jailed in Saudi Arabia: Biden 'sold my father for oil'

"Biden just cares about votes. He doesn't care about my father, he doesn't care about American citizens."

October 18, 2022 3:46pm

Updated: October 18, 2022 4:22pm

The son of U.S. citizen Saad Almadi, whom the Saudi Arabian regime has imprisoned for tweeting, said that President Joe Biden did little to secure his father's release and instead pursued an oil deal with Riyadh to bolster his political prospects.

"He sold my father for oil, that's clear to us. Especially when we saw the news last week about how they requested to delay the OPEC decision a month," Ibrahim Almadi told the New York Post.

"Biden just cares about votes. He doesn't care about my father, he doesn't care about American citizens," he continued. "He got sold for oil, but they didn't receive the oil. So there is no father, no oil. There's nothing — there is only shame, that is what the White House has got now."

Biden has had a somewhat troubled relationship with the Saudi monarchy during his official tenure. In July of this year, the president met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hoping to secure a production boost from OPEC+. Biden and MBS have had particularly tense relations over the Saudi royal's alleged orchestration of the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Not only did Biden not succeed in securing a production boost, OPEC+ instead cut production in October of this year and suggested that the Biden administration had tried to delay the cut by  one month, until after the midterm elections. Biden made no public mention of Almadi during his most recent visit to the country.

Almadi is facing a 16-year, three-month prison sentence for a string of 14 tweets he made criticizing the Saudi regime. The tweets were several years old and posted while Almadi was in the United States.

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