White House ‘disappointed’ by Saudi denial to Jerusalem Post scribe
WASHINGTON (JTA) — The White House said it was “deeply disappointed” that Saudi Arabia denied a visa to a Jewish American reporter working for The Jerusalem Post.
Michael Wilner, the Israeli newspaper’s Washington bureau chief, planned to cover President Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia this week.
“We are deeply disappointed that this credible journalist was denied a visa,” Bernadette Meehan, the spokeswoman for the National Security Council, told JTA in an email. “We will continue to register our serious concerns about this unfortunate decision.”
Meehan said Saudi Arabia and Israel do not have relations, but Wilner is a U.S. citizen who has never lived in Israel.
Saudi Arabia previously has granted visas to journalists working for Israeli or Jewish news outlets.