President Biden said "I always bring up human rights" on foreign trips, but stopped short of saying he would raise the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi when he meets Saudi leaders.
The ruling comes as human rights groups warn that turning the case of the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi over to the Kingdom would lead to a cover up.
Jamal Khashoggi and Canada-based dissident Omar Abdulaziz communicated frequently in the months leading up to Khashoggi's death. They planned to create a Saudi cyber army of government critics.
The Saudis have changed course again on what they say happened to Saudi journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi, who was last seen alive walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
Discussing a killing that has caused some to view him with suspicion, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said at the "Davos in the Desert" investment forum that it "cannot be justified."
A Turkish ruling party official described the newly released surveillance footage as evidence of a Saudi cover-up. Saudi Arabia has confirmed that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died.
The column's publication is "kind of an acknowledgement to ourselves ... that we don't have much hope that we're going to be able to edit this one with him," the Post editorial page editor told NPR.