President Joe Biden has made it abundantly clear that he supports Ukraine in its fight against invading Russian forces, but signaled this weekend that perhaps that support is not entirely unconditional, given the negative economic impact the conflict has purportedly had on the American people.
The president appeared to blame “the war in Ukraine” for the record high gas prices Americans are currently paying but did not single out Russian President Vladimir Putin — as he has typically done –which presumes that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky bears some responsibility as well, according to a report from Fox Business.
Biden called the high gas prices “outrageous” and touted some of the actions his administration has taken to reduce those prices — despite those actions being largely ineffective in achieving the stated goal.
Record gas prices blamed on war in Ukraine
The comments from President Biden came during a press gaggle as he prepared to return to the White House from Los Angeles, California, and was asked if he had a message for the American people who were “struggling” with record-high gas prices that had just topped an average of $5 per gallon nationwide.
“This is — it’s outrageous what the war in — in Ukraine is causing,” Biden replied.
“And we’re trying very hard to make sure that we can — we’ve significantly increased the number of barrels of oil that are being pumped out of the — the reserve we have. We got 240,000 barrels as well coming from other nations,” he added. “We’re going to keep pushing on it. It’s going to keep pushing. Okay. Thank you.”
Jean-Pierre blames Putin for high gas prices
During Monday’s press briefing, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was also asked about gas prices hitting the $5 per gallon national average and if the administration had any additional plans to try and reduce those prices.
Jean-Pierre replied that there wasn’t “anything new” to announce before returning to the White House’s tired talking point that blamed Putin for the skyrocketing prices for oil and gasoline.
“But as you know, gas prices are up nearly $2.00. And that has been the case — per gallon. That has been the case since Putin started to threaten the borders of Ukraine with — with the troop enforcement at the border,” she said.
Jean-Pierre then similarly pointed to past actions taken by the administration to address gas prices and seemed to argue that without those efforts — which, again, have done little if anything to actually reduce costs — the price of a gallon of gasoline might actually be even higher.
It’s Biden’s fault more than Putin’s
The New York Post reported that President Biden and his acolytes have consistently tried to blame Russian President Putin for not just high gas prices but also rising inflation, food shortages, and supply chain issues, among other issues, while steadily denying that any of Biden’s domestic and foreign policies have contributed to the problems.
The fact remains, however, that rising gas prices and inflation and supply chain issues had been growing problems long before Russia invaded Ukraine and, while those issues are all complex with many contributing factors, it is Biden’s own domestic energy production policies that have contributed the most to the unsustainably record high prices Americans are now forced to pay at the gas pump.