Smells like a snub, looks like a snub…It’s a snub!
White House officials on Monday, announced that Saudia Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will no longer be attending President Barack Obama’s meetings later this week with Middle East leaders from the Gulf Cooperation Council. Members of the press and other political analysts have called this a snub towards to President Obama, just days before the start of the two day summit which begins Wednesday and ends on Thursday wrapping up with a meeting at Camp David. Since last Friday, the Obama administration said the new Saudi King Salman would be attending, according to White House spokesman, Eric Schultz.
The Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday that King Salman would be sending Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who serves as defense minister, in his place. The Royal Embassy released a statement saying King Salman’s absence was related to the timing of the summit, the humanitarian ceasefire in Yemen as well as the opening of the King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid. Arab leaders considered King Salman’s “snub” towards the White House as a sign that they disapprove with what the Obama administration is willing to offer at the Camp David summit as proof that the United States would support the Arab allies against a dangerous Iran. Read more at Examiner.com