Joe Biden snubbed as Barack Obama decided he was ‘too old’ for Saudi role

JOE BIDEN was deemed "too old" to play a pivotal international role in mentoring the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman by the Obama administration, according to a biography.

PUBLISHED: 07:40, Wed, Nov 4, 2020 | UPDATED: 07:40, Wed, Nov 4, 2020

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Mr Biden is neck and neck with his rival President Donald today, as the presidential election results come in. In the run-up to voting day, the Democratic nominee has often leaned on his eight years as Vice President under the Obama administration to back up his proposed policies during his campaign. For instance, he has promised to expand Obamacare, reverse Mr ’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement and has shown his support for NATO.

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Many of his advisers have come from the Obama White House, too.

Yet, in the 2020 book, ‘MBS’, about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, author Ben Hubbard claimed that those who helped elevate Mr Biden to the top picked up on one supposed flaw — he was “too old”.

Mohammad bin Salman is currently Saudi Arabia’s deputy prime minister. When he started to move up the political ranks within the nation, the US even considered forming a strong international bond with the promising figure.

Mr Hubbard explained: “There was talk inside the administration of finding an ‘MBS whisperer’ who could mentor the young prince.

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“John Kerry [former Secretary of State] was suggested but was too busy.

“Ash Carter, the Secretary of Defence was MBS’ natural counterpart, but he wasn’t interested.

“Vice President Joe BIden was discussed, but deemed too old.”

The Biden campaign did not respond when asked for comment by Business Insider.

However, Mr Biden’s age has been a fundamental part of Mr ’s attempts to undermine his opponent.

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