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Biden Downgrades Saudi Crown Prince to ‘Recalibrate’ Ties

  • Defense Secretary Austin set to be crown prince’s counterpart
  • Biden is stepping back from close ties built in Trump era
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Watch: U.S. President Joe Biden says he will emphasize ties with King Salman rather than the crown prince. (Source: Bloomberg)
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President Joe Biden intends to “recalibrate” the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia and will emphasize outreach to King Salman, in a move that signals a downgrade in ties with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the country’s de facto ruler.

It is the latest sign Biden’s team is taking a different track from former President Donald Trump toward the world’s largest oil exporter. Trump established close ties with Prince Mohammed and made Saudi Arabia the centerpiece of his strategy toward the Middle East after taking his first trip abroad as president there.