President Joe Biden recently traveled to Saudi Arabia in what many described as a shameless attempt to beg a nation he has seemingly done his best to turn into a pariah state into helping him out with the gas price crisis by pumping more oil and thus lowering the sky-high cost of fuel.
That apparently didn’t work, with some outlets reporting that MBS, the Saudi Crown Prince, even went so far as to laugh in Biden’s face during their meetings, something that’s less than encouraging from a success of the negotiations standpoint.
Well, according to Rick Perry, the former United States Secretary of Energy, it might not just be that the Saudis are furious with Biden over his attempts to turn them into a pariah state, but that they’re already pumping about as much oil as they’re able to.
Speaking on that during a Friday appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Your World,” Perry said:
“Well, I think, at $100 oil, the Saudis are producing about as much as they can,” he said. “They recognize that — the wealth that’s being created in their oil fields, and they’re — I’m going to suggest to you they’re at the — very close to the limits of their production, as are the other OPEC countries.”
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If they’re at the limit, they can’t pump more, and certainly won’t invest in doing so just to make Biden’s gas price problem a bit less pressing, something made all the more certain by his repeated, previous attacks on them.
Continuing, Perry went on to attack Biden for his support of the Iran nuclear deal, exposing why it could empower the Iranians and help them fund yet more terrorism in the region. As he put it:
“The sadder part about what President Biden is doing is, he’s empowering countries like Iran, not only getting them back into the Iran nuclear deal but also allowing them to sell millions of barrels of oil and refreshing their coffers that they’re using against the United States and our allies in that part of the world.”
And that deal is yet another reason the Saudis might be unwilling to help, as they see Iran as their major enemy and any “deal” that helps it rebuild its struggling economy and fun more mayhem in the region is a deal the Saudis wouldn’t like.
Concluding, Perry returned to the gas price problem and highlighted that the Saudis can’t just snap their fingers and lower the cost of fuel, while also describing the very problematic political situation facing Biden, saying:
“So I think this is an optical thing for him. And the Saudis aren’t going to magically bring the price of gasoline down.
“And that’s what this president is worried about. He is worried about what’s happening in every hometown across this country, where gasoline prices are through the roof, inflation is being driven, recession is just around the corner, and people are looking at his policies and going, you’re at fault.”