Saudi Crown Prince Threatens US with Economic Fallout
White House told Washington Post it is 'not aware of such threats by Saudi Arabia'
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After President Biden promised consequences for Saudi Arabia's reduction in oil production, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman threatened the US with major economic consequences.
The Washington Post reported this based on classified documents released on the Discord messaging app.
The threat was made as the Biden administration tried to lower energy prices to reduce inflation. The crown prince warned that any consequences would result in a fundamental change in the US-Saudi relationship.
According to the document obtained by the Post, bin Salman said he would no longer deal with the US administration and promised major economic consequences for Washington.
Biden did not impose any penalties on Riyadh for reducing oil output. Saudi Arabia has since further reduced production to drive prices higher.
It is unknown if US officials received the threat directly or if it was discovered through intelligence collection. The White House stated that they were not aware of any threats from Saudi Arabia.
A National Security Council spokesperson said that such documents only represent a moment in time and cannot provide the full picture.
The US continues to work with Saudi Arabia, an important partner in the region, to advance mutual interests and a common vision for a more secure, stable, and prosperous region connected to the world, they added.
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