Fred Fleitz: Biden Committing ‘National Security Malpractice’

Fred Fleitz, the vice-chair of the America First Policy Institute Center for American Security, is calling out President Joe Biden for committing “national security malpractice” in his dealings with Saudi Arabia.

During an appearance on Newsmax’s “Wake Up America Weekend” on Sunday, Fleitz argued that the president’s relationship with Saudi Arabia — from his campaign promise to make the country a pariah to his failed secret deal to stop OPEC+ from cutting oil production until after the midterms — can “only be described as national security malpractice.”

Fleitz, who is also a Newsmax contributor and a former chief of staff to the National Security Council, noted that the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia is “not just an energy relationship,” asserting that it is actually “one of our most important security partnerships to promote stability in the Middle East to counter Iran.”

Nonetheless, the president has made a mess of things since taking office. Biden moved immediately against Saudi Arabia, claiming that he wouldn’t even speak with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. That promise didn’t last, however, because the president needed oil as gas prices began to climb. Biden met with bin Salman over the summer in Saudi Arabia, when he thought he would be able to reach a deal to convince the Saudis to maintain production and increase it through the fall, Fleitz said.

“But the Saudis decreased this, and now Biden wants to punish the Saudis and said there will be consequences for their actions,” he added. “He wants to punish the Saudis for his bad Saudi policy.”

Fleitz went on to argue that the growing relationship between Saudi Arabia and Russia is a “real concern.”

“Putin’s foreign minister rushed to Saudi Arabia in March of 2021 to take advantage of Biden’s mistakes,” he continued. “The Russians have signed two arms deals with the Saudis since Biden came into office, and I thought what was stunning is that Saudi Arabia now has an agreement with China to price some of its oil (through) Saudi Arabia and Chinese currency so the Chinese can get around American sanctions.”

Fleitz then brought up concerns about the danger that could arise from the global currency shifting away from the U.S. dollar, saying that Russia and China “desperately want to change the situation.”

“Most transactions are based on the dollar, not all of them,” he continued. “It gives us an enormous amount of influence on the world scene, and it has a lot to do with American debt. There’s slow progress being made to change that. It’s sort of minuscule right now, but certainly, Biden is encouraging this trend and that’s not good.”