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White House Plans Saudi Arabia Trip But Says It’s Not About Oil

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Biden Has 'No Direct Plans' to Visit Saudi Arabia

The White House is preparing for President Joe Biden to visit Saudi Arabia -- and even laid out a general agenda for the trip -- but won’t say when it would happen and rejected the idea that it would be largely to talk about oil production. 

“We continue to plan for a trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Monday. But she repeatedly said she had no trip to preview, and pushed back on questions asserting that the goal would be to get the kingdom to boost oil output to help lower gas prices.