Marion McKeone: Biden makes a bad fist of a Saudi Arabian showdown

The US President’s fist-bump with Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah during the week was met with derision by both his domestic allies and foes

Joe Biden being welcomed by Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah last week. Picture: Getty

Pity Joe Biden, a president who, it seems, cannot catch a break. At home, he’s thwarted by recalcitrant Democrats; around the world, he’s vilified by an improbable coalition of environmentalists, human rights activists and Republicans outraged by his reluctant détente with Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi Arabian crown prince.

Days before Air Force One’s wheels were up and its nose was heading east, Biden’s communications team advised reporters that because of Covid-19 risks, his visit ...