MIL-OSI Global: Remarks by President  Biden Before Marine One  Departure

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Source: The Whitehouse

South Lawn

10:59 A.M. EDT

Q    Mr. President, have you made a decision about how you will handle the Khashoggi killing when you go to Saudi Arabia?

THE PRESIDENT:  The same way I’ve been handling it.  I’m not going to meet with — I’m not going to meet with MBS; I’m going to an international meeting.  And he’s going to be a part of it, just like there were people part of the discussion today.

Q    Mr. President, how concerned are you about the three Americans who are reportedly missing in Ukraine?  Have you been briefed?

THE PRESIDENT:  I have been briefed.  We don’t know where they are.

But I want to reiterate: Americans should not be going to Ukraine now.  I’ll say it again: Americans should not be going to Ukraine now.  They should not be going to Ukraine.

Q    What will the consequences be for oil companies if they don’t boost supplies?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, look, one of the things that has happened is that the price of gasoline exceeds the price based on the barrel of oil costs right now.  So if you get — based on what a barrel of oil costs on average, it should not be this high.  They’re making exorbitant profits — number one.

Number two, I’ve contacted them — my team has — to ask what their plans are and to give any suggestions they have.  They have over 9,000 leases — 9,000.  They can drill until they’re — until (inaudible) won’t have it.  But they’re not doing it — number two.

Number three, I think we’re going to be in a position where we’re going to –

Oh.  (The First Lady approaches the President.)

THE FIRST LADY:  (Laughs.)  We got to go!

(Cross-talk by reporters.)

Q    (Inaudible) two billion people in India are waiting for you to visit India.

THE PRESIDENT:  I’ve been to India twice, and I’ll be back to India.  And my relations are very good.  Thank you.

11:01 A.M. EDT

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