Biden asked about Saudi trip and Khashoggi killing

STORY: How the White House handles the optics of the meeting and whether photos will be released of it will be closely watched.

Speaking in Jerusalem, Biden said the visit was "an opportunity to re-assert what I think we made a mistake from walking away from, our influence in the Middle East."

Under pressure at home to bring down soaring gasoline prices that have damaged his approval ratings, Biden is expected to press for expanded oil production.

Aides say Biden will bring up human rights concerns, but he has nonetheless drawn fire from a wide array of critics.

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