Former Vice President Joe Biden blasted President Trump for his response to Saudi Arabia following the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
Trump “seems to have a love affair with autocrats,” Biden said in an interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell.
“I just don’t know why this administration seems to feel the need to coddle autocrats and dictators from Putin to Kim Jong Un to you know Duterte. I don’t understand it,” he said.
When asked to explain Trump’s behavior, Biden responded: “I don’t want to speculate on my worst fears. But, either he doesn’t know what he is doing or he has an absolutely convoluted notion of what allows America to lead the world.”
Biden explained that his doubts about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have “been confirmed.”
The Turkish government says it has evidence that proves Khashoggi was killed on the orders of the Saudi government.
“My doubts are that there’s very little sense of rule of law, respect for human rights, dignity,” Biden said. “The allegations that are made so far … are not inconsistent with the way the kingdom would act.”
“The idea that he’s already making excuses before the facts are known is typical, but it hurts us internationally,” Biden said about Trump’s recent comparison between Khashoggi’s disappearance and accusations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“Here we go again with, you know, you’re guilty until proven innocent,” Trump told the AP this week.
Biden noted that he was a resident of the United States, pushing back on Trump insisting that he was not an American citizen.
“This is as close as you can get to citizenship. He lived here and the idea that we would not take retaliation against them is ridiculous,” Biden said.
Biden suggested that the U.S. could cancel arms sales to Saudi Arabia as a retaliatory measure.