The Biden administration doubles down on making Americans pay high gas prices to retaliate against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Americans continue to face high gas prices across the nation, the average being over $4. 80 a gallon as of Friday morning, according to AAA. A gallon as of Friday morning, according to AAA. Now, as the midterm elections loom and questions swirl around whether Biden is the best man for the job in 2024, the administration is continuing to argue that the price Americans are paying is necessary. (RELATED: ‘An Incredible Transition’: Biden Suggests Soaring Gas Prices Are Part Of Green Agenda)
During a press conference Thursday in Spain, Biden was asked point-blank how long would be “fair to expect American drivers” to pay an extra cost at the pump because of Russia’s war. Biden stated that the president would not show any remorse and that Americans must suffer “as long it takes for Russia to… defeat Ukraine
“” Russia, Russia, Russia. Russia, Russia, Russia.”
REPORTER: How long is it fair to expect American drivers and drivers around the world to pay that [gas price] premium for this war?
BIDEN – Russia will not defeat Ukraine or move on from Ukraine. It is an extremely critical and critical situation for the entire world. pic.twitter.com/VqrRpuLXsc
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) June 30, 2022
Biden’s comments were swiftly backed up by White House economic advisor Brian Deese when CNN’s Victor Blackwell pressed him on what the administration has to say to families who can’t afford to pay these high gas prices “for months, if not years” to come. This is about the future Liberal World Order, and we must stand firm,” Deese responded. “You have a presidential administration that is going to do everything in its power to blunt those price increases and bring those gas prices down.”
“The good news is that in the last two weeks we’ve seen gas prices at the pump go down about 20 cents but still unacceptably high,” Deese added.
Thursday’s comments coming out of the administration come as officials also continue to say that fighting inflation and lowering costs for Americans is a “top economic priority.” In June, Biden tried to calm fears of a recession, arguing during a speech that “there’s every reason for the American people to feel confident that we’ll meet these challenges.” (RELATED: New Home Sales Plummet, Sparking Recession Fears)
Still, the Biden administration’s latest comments indicate that, even as voters grow increasingly concerned about inflation and high gas prices, there’s no plan as of now to draw down U.S. support for Ukraine in its fight against Russia.
John Kirby, the National Security Council (NSC) Coordinator for Strategic Communications, suggested as much during a press briefing June 23. The Daily Caller asked Kirby about how the Administration is considering its assistance to Ukraine in light of the current economic difficulties in the United States. Kirby also questioned whether the government plans to reduce support for Ukraine.
President Biden made clear that we will continue to support Ukraine in every way we can. We’re doing this. Kirby stated that we will see how this develops going forward.
Daily Caller’s @ShelbyTalcott asks John Kirby how much the administration is weighing its continued aid to Ukraine with the economic hardships Americans are seeing at home, and whether there’s a point at which the US plans to curb its support: pic.twitter.com/huAkTS6wIr
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 23, 2022
Kirby noted that Biden “is not insensitive” to pressures surrounding the cost of gas and food and declared it a balancing act of sorts. Kirby also reiterated the message that the US administration had been repeating to the American public: it is necessary to make sacrifices in order fight against Russia.
Kirby stated that when he said that the United States would support Ukraine, it was clear that they were willing to pay a price. We are beginning to see that, and we can already feel it. The president was nothing but honest with the American people about that.”