She also pointed out Biden was asked about the Saudi denial and confirmed he brought up Khashoggi.
‘The president was asked this question, and he spoke to it directly. And I do believe that, you know, if, if anyone telling you differently about what the president said they weren’t listening to the president himself, when he was asked that question,’ she said.
‘He was very clear about where about where he stood about Jamal Khashoggi death and murder. He mentioned it from the start of their meeting,’ she noted.
She also defended the president’s fist-bump with the crown prince, which was criticized by Khashoggi’s fiance and by the publisher of the Washington Post. Biden laughed off a question about the matter when asked about it by a DailyMail.com reporter on Friday in Jeddah.
‘I think the way that the president looks at this is is what were the issues, the agenda, what was the policies that were that were discussed, and what were the deliverables,’ she said.
Biden accused a Saudi official of lying about what was talked about in his private meeting with MBS.
Early on Sunday, Biden arrived back at the White House from his four-day Middle East tour, and briefly took questions from reporters gathered on the South Lawn.
Hours earlier, just after Air Force One had taken off from Jeddah, Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir called a Fox News reporter and claimed that he ‘did not hear’ Biden confront MBS over the murder of Khashoggi.
Al-Jubeir’s claim seems to directly contradict Biden’s account of the meeting with MBS on Friday, after which the president said that he had raised Khashoggi’s murder ‘at the top of the meeting’ and accused the crown prince of directing the plot.
On the South Lawn, when asked if al-Jubeir was telling the truth about the meeting, Biden bluntly replied ‘No’.