UPDATED 6:05 PM PT – Tuesday, February 16, 2021
The Biden administration seems to be distancing itself from foreign allies. Speaking during Tuesday’s press conference, White House press secretary Jen Psaki dodged questions on when Joe Biden will reach out to his counterparts in Israel and Saudi Arabia.
This came amid accusations Biden is “snubbing” allies that once had friendly ties with the U.S. under the Trump administration.
Although there is no set date on a call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Psaki assured the U.S. is still in communication with Israel.
“Israel, of course, an ally. Israel is a country where we have an important strategic security relationship and our team is fully engaged, not at the at the head of state level quite yet, but very soon,” Psaki stated. “But our team is fully engaged, having constant conversations at many levels with the Israelis.”
In the meantime, Psaki said the White House is looking to “recalibrate” relations with Saudi Arabia, adding it will be a shift from President Trump’s approach.