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Newsline: US ambassador to Bahrain accused of racist language about Arabs

The Biden administration’s Ambassador to Bahrain was accused of disparaging Arabs with racist remarks by fellow State Department staff and was even observed treating his subordinates as ‘garbage’ by an Abu Dhabi royal, according to a bombshell report. Ambassador Steven Bondy, a longtime career diplomat who was confirmed to his latest post on December 18, is the subject of a Politico report that cites multiple officials who served under Donald Trump and Joe Biden as witnessing him act inappropriately toward his own staff. ‘I would hear him say disparaging remarks about Arabs all the time,’ said retired US Army Brigadier General Miguel Correa, who Bondy reportedly sidelined while both worked at the US Embassy in the United Arab Emirates when Bondy was charge d’affaires there. (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10347477/Bidens-ambassador-Bahrain-used-racist-language-Arabs-time-new-report-claims.html) Correa and Bondy allegedly had a rivalry that culminated in Bondy having the now-retired Green Beret removed from his staff following clashes over power dynamics under the Trump administration. The general had also been a close ally of Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, the Crown Price of Abu Dhabi. A former Trump White House staffer cited in the report claims al Nahyan and other senior UAE officials expressed reservations about Bondy in 2018. Victoria Coates, a former US official in Saudi Arabia who worked out of the UAE embassy recalled, ‘I recall an instance of him being dismissive of Middle Eastern staff.’ Bondy ‘vehemently and categorically’ denied the report’s accusations in a statement to DailyMail.com, and State Department spokesman Ned Price defended the diplomat’s record of service.

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