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Oil Thirst Is Forcing Biden to Pivot U.S. Back to Saudi Arabia

  • President’s staff argues icy approach not serving U.S. goals
  • Crown prince isn’t ready to forgive perceived insult
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Oil Surges for Third Straight Day

President Joe Biden has been reluctantly drawn into closer ties with Saudi Arabia’s king-in-waiting, forced by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to rethink a standoffish approach as the U.S. struggles to curb soaring oil prices. 

The problem is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman isn’t ready to play along.