Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota was outraged at a report saying President Joe Biden, also a Democrat, is considering asking Saudi Arabia to pump more oil as gas prices skyrocket at home.
Axios reported that Biden may make a trip to Saudi Arabia in spring to ask for increased gas production as energy prices jump skyward as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Omar lashed out at Biden over the suggestion.
"Our response to Putin’s immoral war shouldn’t be to strengthen our relationship with the Saudis who are currently causing the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet in Yemen," tweeted Omar.
"Yemenis might not matter to some geopolitically but their humanity should," she added. "This is wildly immoral act.
Since 2015, Saudi Arabia has helped the Yemeni government fight against an insurgent movement by the Houthi Islamists, a group which has been labeled as a terror group.
Others criticized the report for different reasons. Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas excoriated the Biden administration for seeking foreign sources of oil after shutting down domestic production.
"Two weeks after Biden banned new drilling on federal lands he's begging Saudi Arabia to drill for more oil. Does he think that only American energy is bad for the environment?" tweeted Cotton.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday that there was no plan yet for Biden to visit Saudi Arabia. She also went on to say that they would not be increasing domestic oil production to ease the oil crisis but instead spun the crisis to validate their anti-oil policies.
“It’s a reminder that real energy security comes from reducing our dependence on fossil fuels,” she claimed.
Also on Monday, the stock market continued to tank in response to high oil prices and the escalating war in Ukraine from Russian invasion.
Here's more about gas prices skyrocketing:
Gas prices soar as Russian attacks on Ukraine continue l GMA www.youtube.com