Families of 9/11 Victims Criticize Biden For Calling On Saudi Arabia To Provide More Oil

The chair of an organization that represents families of 9/11 victims wrote President Biden to express concerns about the administration’s efforts to engage Saudi Arabia over oil output.

Reports surfaced earlier this week that Biden’s advisors were considering a trip to Saudi Arabia to “convince the Kingdom to pump more oil.”

9/11 Families United chair Terry Strada sent the President a letter demanding he maintains focus on “accountability” for the terrorist attacks.

“We share Americans’ ‘pain at the pump,’ and we recognize there are a number of important issues between our two countries, but any dialogue must include our years-long quest for justice and accountability,” Strada, who lost her husband on 9/11 wrote on behalf of the group.

She added, “No reset of our nation’s relationship with Saudi Arabia can be successful without proper reconciliation for the attacks on September 11, 2001.”

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Strada pointed to instances in which Biden had vowed to hold Saudi Arabia accountable and treat them as a “pariah.”

“We were going to, in fact, make them pay the price, and make them, in fact, the pariah that they are,” he said at a Democrat debate in 2019.

At a CNN LGBTQ forum, Biden declared the government in Saudi Arabia has “very little social redeeming value.”

This week, reports surfaced that talks to persuade Saudi Arabia to increase its oil production as American gas prices soared to unprecedented levels had failed.

Wall Street Journal reported that leaders in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries refused to receive calls from President Biden while receiving calls from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

However, the White House refuted these reports Thursday.

“That report is inaccurate, so let me start there,” press secretary Jen Psaki said during a White House press briefing.

“The president did speak with the Saudi king just a few weeks ago, several weeks ago, it’s all running together at this point in time,” she added. “There were no rebuffed calls, period.”

It is likely that 9/11 families won’t be pleased with the fact that Saudi Arabia called them.

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Declassified Documents

Many relatives of victims asked President Biden to not attend any memorial services until documents related to terrorist attacks were declassified.

They argued at the time that the President ignored their requests for transparency on the matter and had not responded to them. This was something he promised as a presidential candidate.

“We cannot in good faith, and with veneration to those lost, sick, and injured, welcome the president to our hallowed grounds until he fulfills his commitment,” the group collectively wrote.

He is credited with some declassifications of these documents, which Terry Strada, 9/11 Families United Chair, notes as an example of how the President should be held accountable for Saudi Arabia.

Two hijackers were assisted by U.S. diplomats in Saudi Arabia. The new documents provided additional information.

“This new evidence is public because of your declassification order and it is now critical that you, as our President, insist that the Saudi Kingdom confront these issues honestly,” Strada writes.

The Justice Department this week, however, said they would miss President Biden’s deadline to review the FBI investigation of 9/11. After they have been reviewed, those documents will be made public and declassified.

Instead of unleashing American energy, the Biden administration is now turning to “Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Venezuela” to ease domestic energy prices.

It’s disgraceful, especially in light of how each of those countries has harbored and supported terrorists – in the case of Saudia Arabia, aiding and abetting the worst-ever terror attack on American soil.

“The failure to hold the Kingdom to account for aiding and abetting al-Qaeda and the 9/11 hijackers is the original sin in the U.S.-Saudi relationship and the source of the American people’s hostility to that nation,” Strada continues.

“The American people know the Kingdom has moral and legal culpability for 9/11 and that Saudi wrongdoers have never been held to account.”

The Biden administration now wants to reward them with the purchase of Saudi oil.

Jennifer Granholm, Energy Secretary has made a shift in calling for domestic oil producers’ to improve their game.

“We are on war footing,” Granholm said in a speech to executives at the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston, according to Bloomberg News.

“That means [crude oil]There are many releases of strategic reserves around the world. And that means you producing more right now if and when you can,” she continued.

“I hope your investors are saying this to you as well. In this moment of crisis, we need more supply.”

Biden would reduce America’s dependence on countries such as Saudi Arabia by increasing oil production. This would also meet the demand of those whose loved ones were killed in 9/11.

They will they follow through?