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Jake Tapper: Americans Revolted by Joe Biden’s Fist Bumping Saudi Crown Prince

Tapper is one of many criticizing President Joe Biden following his fist bump interaction with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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President Joe Biden is facing a lot of backlash following his interaction with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman where the two men shared a fist bump. 

U.S. intelligence states bin Salman ordered the murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. CNN’s Jake Tapper pressed Sen. Chris Coons for his defense of Biden for his exchange. 

“So, senator, first of all, Joe Biden, when he was running for president, he said he was going to turn Saudi Arabia into a pariah nation, ok? He said he was going to turn Saudi Arabia into a pariah nation,” Tapper said, per Mediaite.

Furthermore, Tapper stated that Americans were disgusted by the photo that surfaced of the two men fist bumping and disrespecting the memory of Khashoggi. 

“He flew to Saudi Arabia, and he fist-bumped Mohammed bin Salman, the man responsible, according to Biden’s own director of national intelligence, for ordering a brutal murder of a Washington Post journalist, killing him and then dismembering him with a bone saw. I mean, that fist bump photograph, I think a lot of Americans saw that and were revolted by it.”

Coons replied by shifting to Ukraine and stated that the U.S. needed to repair ties with the Saudis to “replace Russian oil and gas in the coming months” and that Biden “made a tough choice.”

Tapper wrapped up the segment by reading and asking Coons to respond to a tweet from Khashoggi’s fiancée Hatice Cengiz, who stated Khashoggi would have tweeted, “Hey @POTUS, Is this the accountability you promised for my murder? The blood of MBS’s next victim is on your hands.”

“What do you say to her?” Tapper asked.

“I hope I have a chance to talk with her directly,” Coons answered before regurgitating that Biden had made “a hard choice” but is attempting “to sustain his commitment to human rights.”

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CNN Refutes Claims From Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro About Presidential Debate

“CNN’s proposed format was to have both candidates stand and both sides agreed to the rules when they agreed to debate.”

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During Fox News’ The Five Monday, panelist Jeanine Pirro claimed CNN has mandated that the upcoming Presidential debate will be held with both candidates seated for the 90-minute event, in an effort to help President Joe Biden. The network has denied that accusation.

“They’re out there saying this election is not about age. Joe and the other guy are about the same age, even for the debate is– as Jesse is saying, they’re gonna be seated,” Pirro posited. “We don’t even get to see them walk in. They’ll be seated, so there is one less obstacle to worry about for Biden.”

However, CNN has denied that assertion.

“CNN’s proposed format was to have both candidates stand and both sides agreed to the rules when they agreed to debate,” a network spokesperson told Mediaite.

The argument presented by Pirro echoes that of a viral post on X from an account labeled as the Washington Reporter. The account only features 1,700 followers, but a post claiming that the Biden campaign was looking to renegotiate terms of the debate received more than 2.8 million views on the platform.

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Fox News Digital Sees Month-Over-Month Growth in Several Categories

On YouTube alone, the cable news giant saw 175.3 million views during the month of May.

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Fox News finished May as the top digital brand among news organizations in several metrics according to Comscore.

The network was the leader in multiplatform minutes and views, and saw growth in both categories during the month. In total, it earned more than 3.2 billion minutes, with 1.7 billion views, according to the report. 100 million unique visitors engaged with Fox News content on a digital platform. 5.8 million unique visitors utilized the company’s mobile app.

On social media, Fox News saw 26.4 million interactions, making it the most engaged news brand for the 117th consecutive month according to the network. On YouTube alone, the cable news giant saw 175.3 million views during the month of May.

Additionally, FOXBusiness.com saw more multiplatform views than both CNN Business and Bloomberg for the 37th consecutive month. 23.3 million unique visitors visited the brand on its various platforms.

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Fox News Announces Promotions for Peter Doocy and Jacqui Heinrich

“From the North Lawn to foreign summits to the campaign trail, it is my daily honor to seek answers for the American people on the issues impacting them most.”

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Fox News has announced that both Peter Doocy and Jacqui Heinrich have been elevated to the role of Senior White House Correspondent for the cable news outlet.

“I am honored to continue bringing our viewers the latest on the news that impacts them the most from the White House and around the globe,” Doocy, who has been with the network since 2009, said.

“Covering the White House has been the privilege of my career, and I am humbled and grateful to continue serving our viewers in this capacity,” said Heinrich. “From the North Lawn to foreign summits to the campaign trail, it is my daily honor to seek answers for the American people on the issues impacting them most.”

Jacqui Heinrich has been with Fox News since 2018, and has worked at the White House for the cable giant since 2021. In addition to her role at the White House, she’ll continue as co-host of the Fox News Rundown podcast.

“Peter’s commitment to providing viewers with hourly news and insight from the White House has remained steadfast since he started in this role straight off the 2020 campaign trail and we’re thrilled to have him continue doing so,” Fox News President and Executive Editor Jay Wallace said of Peter Doocy while announcing his promotion.

 “Since being named to the White House beat in 2021, Jacqui has distinguished herself with persistence, tenacity, and professionalism and we’re proud to have watched her career flourish at Fox News,” he added of Heinrich. 

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