Sen. Blumenthal called for President Biden to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia following OPEC's decision to cut oil production.
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Prince Mohammed bin Salman spurned Biden when the OPEC+ alliance of oil-exporting nations decided last week to cut oil production by 2 million barrels a day. The move is expected to raise gas prices at the pump, potentially delivering a damaging blow to Biden before the midterm elections, while helping member Russia navigate through a partial European ban on Russian oil.
The crown prince's rebuff has Democratic allies questioning whether the meeting was worth it as some call for the Biden administration to cut U.S. cooperation with Saudi Arabia including arms sales to the Saudis. The White House said Biden is "reevaluating" the U.S.-Saudi relationship that goes back 70 years.
Biden told reporters last week that the administration is "looking at alternatives" following the OPEC+ decision to cut oil production. The Biden administration announced it will deliver an additional 10 million barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in November, adding to up to 180 million barrels the president ordered in March.
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