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White House hits back at energy minister who says Saudis have been the ‘mature guys’

‘It’s not like some high school romance here’: White House hits back at energy minister who says Saudis have been the ‘mature guys’ in spat over oil production

  • Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said earlier this week that the Saudis decided to be the ‘mature guys’
  • Adm. John Kirby shot back that it wasn’t ‘some high school romance’ 
  • He called the U.S.-Saudi connection an ‘important bilateral relationship’ 

The White House hit back again in its running tit-for-tat with Saudi Arabia over oil production cuts, describing the running partnership as more than a ‘high school romance.’

The comment, from national security spokesman Adm. John Kirby, came after the Saudi energy minister took a jab at the U.S. following a rupture when OPEC+ announced oil production cuts.

The kingdom’s Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said earlier this week that the Saudis decided to be the ‘mature guys’ – which implied that the U.S. side was throwing a tantrum. 

‘I obviously refute that, of course,’ said Kirby, who serves as White House communications coordinator for national security. ‘You know, it’s not like some high school romance here. We’re talking about a significant, important bilateral relationship. A partnership that has survived over 80 years – an important partnership, a strategic partnership.’

Rivalry week: ‘You know, it’s not like some high school romance here,’ said National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby when asked to respond to a comment by a top Saudi energy official

‘We said that even before the trip,’ he said in reference to Biden’s summer trip to Riyadh.

‘I don’t think talking about it in in terms like that necessarily lends the gravity of how important this relationship is to the way that we’re considering it. The decision was was regretful it was, as the President said, a mistake to make that cut.’

‘It was certainly not in keeping with our analysis of what needed to be done to help better balance supply and demand on the market,’ he added.

The prince, the uncle of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), accused some countries of using their emergency stocks to manipulate markets. 

He said it would have ‘painful’ effects in the near future, as the winter months take hold and as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to force energy prices upwards. 

‘We, as Saudi Arabia, decided to be the mature guys,’ Salman said at the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh – known as ‘Davos in the desert’ on Tuesday. 

Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said earlier this week that the Saudis decided to be the 'mature guys'

Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said earlier this week that the Saudis decided to be the ‘mature guys’

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman fist bumps U.S. President Joe Biden upon his arrival at Al Salman Palace, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 15, 2022

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman fist bumps U.S. President Joe Biden upon his arrival at Al Salman Palace, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 15, 2022

That came after Biden announced additional releases from the nations Strategic Petroleum reserve totaling 15 million barrels.

Biden has regularly pointed to dropping gas prices, with fuel costs registering as a top issue for Americans, and American voters.

‘By the way, the cost of gasoline continues to fall,’ Biden said Wednesday. ‘The most common price now in America is $3.39 a gallon. It’s going to come down more,’ he said at the White House. 

As for what consequences the U.S. would impose following a move that the U.S. said only boosted Russia’s war effort, Kirby was circumspect. Biden said there would be ‘consequences.’

‘The President’s national security team is taking a look at that right now,’ he said.

‘We’re not in a hurry, he added, and we don’t need to be in a hurry,’ he added.

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