Washington (CNN)An intense, closely guarded diplomatic effort by a core team of Biden energy and national security officials to raise global oil production amid surging prices from Russia’s war in Ukraine has fostered a cautious sense of optimism inside the White House.
A critical phone call
When US officials finally broached the possibility of a call between Biden and MBS in late January, Saudi officials instead proposed putting Biden on the phone with his 86-year-old father, King Salman, the official leader of the kingdom — and the individual Biden had identified early in his first year as his direct counterpart.
It would be their first conversation in 12 months.
In the days that followed, White House officials publicly declined to provide any specific detail of the
Still, other US officials acknowledge
Yet the economic fallout since then has led to a tangible supply disruption. As global energy
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