Ron DeSantis seems to take Saudi side in oil beef with Joe Biden
Ron DeSantis

Ron DeSantis
'Biden's playing footsie with Iran, that's their arch enemy.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis waded into petroleum geopolitics Friday, offering rhetorical cover for Saudi Arabia’s recent clash with President Joe Biden.

DeSantis said that the Biden administration “playing footsie” with Iran created the situation that led to OPEC production cuts.

“(P)eople will say, ‘Well, the Saudis are doing this for political reasons … to go at Biden.’ And you know what, they probably are doing that. But here’s the thing: because Biden’s playing footsie with Iran, (who is) their arch enemy,” DeSantis said.

“So I don’t think the Saudis like Biden.”

The Saudis aren’t the only adversarial regime being courted by The White House, DeSantis contends.

“(J)ust think about it, they’re begging (Nicolás) Maduro, ‘Please give us oil, Maduro.’ They’re begging OPEC and Saudi, ‘Please don’t cut production.'” DeSantis said.

Biden vowed “consequences” for Saudi Arabia earlier this month, in the wake of OPEC production cuts despite U.S. attempts to lobby against them. But DeSantis seems to believe America is not positioned to exact consequences due to a lack of domestic production combined with money supply expansion.

“You have this inflationary spiral and you’re trying to crack down on American energy production. I mean, they should be wanting to produce more energy, because the energy has been driving a lot of the inflation. Yet they’re not willing to do that, so they’re inflating the money supply, they’re overstimulating on fiscal, while cracking down on production, which makes no sense whatsoever,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis’ sharp words on this subject present a contrast to his immediate reaction to the decision of the OPEC cartel two weeks ago to cut production by 2 million barrels a day.

He noted “ominous signs” on the horizon, but did not mention, much less critique, a pivot to Venezuela when talking oil prices on Oct. 6 in the immediate wake of Biden’s visit to storm-ravaged Southwest Florida.

Indeed, on that occasion he extolled low gas prices.

“I actually saw it at $2.99,” DeSantis said as the crowd whooped. “I have not seen it under $3 in a long time. Certainly, I don’t think, since Jan. 20 a year and a half ago.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


15 comments

  • The Real Tom

    October 21, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    Ron DeSantis and his supporters are Russian assets, Saudi Arabian assets, and shills for the far right parties in Israel. His stupid voters are responsible for January the 6th, also known as 9-11 2.0. Fake patriots, fake terrorists, fake neo nazis.

  • PeterH

    October 21, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    DeSantis Conspiracy Theory number 728!

  • Josh Green

    October 21, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    Of course, Ron DeSantis would take the side of Saudi Arabia against the United States. He hates America. Most Conservatives do.

    Remember 9/11? Looks like Ron DeSantis forgot. I bet he even cheered it, just like Trump did.

    • Tom

      October 22, 2022 at 12:53 pm

      January the 6th 2021 was 9-11 2.0.
      Terrorist leader Abu Bakr Al-Trump led an attack on the Capitol. Suicide bomber Ashli Babbitt was eliminated before she could blow up the Senate chamber.

  • Tom

    October 21, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    Yeah better just go ahead and put a Saudi Arabian head dress on Abu Bakr Al-Desantis.

  • meredith shaw

    October 21, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    Of course. Because DeSantis is not a patriot and has no values, except immediate political expediency. He and the Saudis are peas in a pod.

  • Yrral

    October 22, 2022 at 10:25 am

    Maybe they should build refinery in Lee County,and along Florida gold coast,if he truly believe in energy independent

  • Joe Corsin

    October 22, 2022 at 10:39 am

    Muhammad Bin DeSantis at it again. By God these shills for billionaires have no shame. Is everyone who wasn’t rich six years ago rich now? Has all the money that’s been sucked up by all the Donald Trumps trickled down yet? Nope..and it never will. Kiss your money goodbye..

  • David in Shoreline

    October 22, 2022 at 11:05 am

    Oh give me a break. DeSantis doesn’t support the Saudi’s any more than he supports the Iranians. DeSantis supports America First policies. And he’s absolutely right – Biden’s policies neutered American energy independence and forced us to depend on Venezuela and OPEC to meet our basic needs. Completely valid reason to attack Biden. And millions of Florida voters seem to agree and are soon to award Governor DeSantis with a second term.

    • Michael Hoffmann

      October 23, 2022 at 4:49 pm

      It also is true that some US oil is being transported and sold abroad. Should the government put the kibosh on this?

  • Mike Coleman

    October 23, 2022 at 9:23 am

    Ron DeSantis is muttering gibberish that displays his lack of geopolitical knowledge writ large.
    Biden playing footsie with Iran who calls the US the Great Satan, provides Putin with Kamakazi Drones, and is quite satisfied with OPEC lowering oil production to cause more grief wherever the lack of oil is painful to millions of people in numerous nations.
    I do believe that Donald Trump and his younger rival Ron DeSantis are wanna be royalty who’s desire for power makes them envious of Saudi Royalty, Authoritarian strong men and Religious Authoritarians.

    The real royalty and genuine authoritarians prey upon wannabe’s like Trump & DeSantis desire for ultimate power.

    Our biggest danger is the number of Americans who just take their words as gospel.

  • rusty

    October 23, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    Rona should focus his limited attention on Florida and keep his big yap shut about geopolitics. For example, how about promoting rooftop solar instead of big utility solar farms. How about promoting mass transit and walkable, bicycle friendly urban areas? What about making buildings more energy efficient? How about stopping clear cutting for new development? What about sea level rise and retreat from risky coastal development? Lots to do in the Sunshine State Rona, so get to work and stop blabbering.

  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    October 23, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    It is so funny and amusing and a real treat to see the mouth frothers on the far left spew their garbage

    • Michael Hoffmann

      October 23, 2022 at 4:51 pm

      How wise you are not to spew your right-wing garbage on this site today — looks like you would be slammed.

  • Tjb

    November 1, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    I recognize that DeSantis stop gas tax for a short period, but today it ended.

    If a Democrat governor did the same, people on the right such as Christina Pushaw would be screaming that the dems increased gas taxes at a time when gas is extremely expensive. Sad that they do so many false narratives

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