Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman greeted each other with a high five when they met in Argentina for the Group of 20 summit on Friday.
The two leaders, along with President TrumpDonald TrumpMark Walker to stay in North Carolina Senate race Judge lays out schedule for Eastman to speed up records processing for Jan. 6 panel Michael Avenatti cross-examines Stormy Daniels in his own fraud trial MORE, are in Buenos Aires to attend a two-day summit of the world's 20 largest economies.
The interaction between Putin and the crown prince quickly drew attention from some Democrats, including Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezMenendez goes after Sanders over SALT comments Senators huddle on Russia sanctions as tensions escalate Schumer requests Senate briefing on Ukraine amid Russia tensions MORE (N.J.)., the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who tweeted a clip of the short embrace along with the caption: “That feeling when you own the President of the United States and can do whatever you want.”
That feeling when you own the President of the United States and can do whatever you want. pic.twitter.com/K1kamAVsPr— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) November 30, 2018
Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphySenators huddle on Russia sanctions as tensions escalate Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law Democrats face scaled-back agenda after setbacks MORE also weighed in, saying on Twitter: “These guys are 10x more powerful under Trump than they were before. Why wouldn’t they be fired up?”
These guys are 10x more powerful under Trump than they were before. Why wouldn’t they be fired up? https://t.co/T2XO6T9DFt— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) November 30, 2018
The crown prince and Saudi Arabia are under intense scrutiny from lawmakers on Capitol Hill following the killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Khashoggi was killed after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. He had been an outspoken critic of Saudi leadership as an opinion writer for The Washington Post.
Riyadh has made efforts to distance the crown prince from the murder in the wake of news reports that the CIA concluded that Khashoggi was murdered on his orders.
While many world leaders have also condemned the crown prince over Khashoggi’s murder, Putin has not.
"We do not know what happened in reality. So why should we undertake any steps to deteriorate our relations with Saudi Arabia?" Putin said in reference to Khashoggi’s death last month, according to The Financial Times.
Trump has also been reluctant to point the finger of blame at the crown prince, saying the Saudi leader has denied any involvement in the journalist's murder.