Rumors on social media suggested the Saudi National team was offered luxury cars for their stunning win over Argentina.
The Saudi Arabian defender was injured during an opening clash of the FIFA World Cup with Argentina, with posts sharing a scan of his face showing the damage.
Saudi Arabia's shock win over Argentina will be talked about for decades.
Cotton said that with U.S. allies, it's less important "whether they are democratic or not democratic, and more whether they are pro-American or anti-American."
The Biden administration determined that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman should have immunity in a lawsuit regarding the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
"To have a less robust relationship would give the U.S. less leverage," Jonathan Cohen, Biden's former ambassador to Egypt, told Newsweek.
The Justice Department has said bin Salman's position as prime minister of Saudi Arabia makes him immune to a lawsuit.
Republicans have announced that they'll investigate a possible connection between President Joe Biden and the alleged dealings of his son, Hunter Biden.
The Saudi-led decision by OPEC-Plus to cut oil production by 2 million barrels per day, followed shortly thereafter by the St. Petersburg meeting between UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed and Russian President Vladimir Putin, are the latest signs of a long-term divergence in U.S. and Saudi/UAE strategic interests.
Saudi Arabia, which has sentenced a U.S. citizen to 16 years in prison for critical tweets, is now the social media giant's second-largest investor.
Those close to Trump continue good relationship with the kingdom amid tensions between the Gulf nation and the White House.
In 2022, numerous senior American and European officials asked the Saudis to help blunt the oil price rise following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This time the Saudis said no. What changed? As with most historical processes, the altered relationship between Saudi Arabia, the West has numerous causes.
If there is a silver lining from last week's OPEC+ oil cut, it's that U.S. policymakers will begin to see relations with Saudi Arabia as they really are.
"We are a sovereign country and we do not take orders from anyone," Mohammed al-Sabban, former senior adviser to the Saudi energy minister, told Newsweek.
These October duds may not be the last gasps of the Left, but they do not augur well for Democrats' chances in November.
"They chose to back up the Russians, drive up oil prices...and there's got to be consequences," Senator Chris Murphy said about Saudi Arabia.
"We are reevaluating our relationship with Saudi Arabia in light of these actions," the National Security Council's John Kirby said.
As the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia comes under scrutiny, some have accused Donald Trump of handing strategic assets to the Middle Eastern energy giant.
A second Saudi-backed golf tournament at one of Trump's courses continues the theme of Saudi Arabia working with the former president, but not with Biden.
Some Democrats want U.S. troops to leave the country after an OPEC+ decision to cut oil production, with Sen. Bob Menendez wanting a freeze on "arms sales."
The key Senate Democrat says he'll block cooperation with Saudi Arabia over its support for cuts in global oil production.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Ro Khanna suggested the U.S. stop sending weapons to the kingdom after it sided with "nuclear bomb extortionist" Vladimir Putin
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The analysts (including myself) and journalists who cover the global oil markets sometimes mistake market developments for a game of Risk with two or more masterminds playing for mastery of the board.
The three Democratic lawmakers called OPEC's decision a "slap in the face."
Some European Union countries may threaten to fold their sanctions against Russia as oil prices soar.
"The alignment within OPEC+ is strong, politically and with regard to oil," expert Abhi Rajendran told Newsweek. "The U.S. was never going to crack that."
OPEC's cut in oil production by 2 million barrels per day would be the largest since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.