PSAKI defends Biden’s criticized response to gas prices: ‘Small groups…are not always very comprehensive’


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White House press secretary Jen Psaki tried to cover President Biden’s comment that he “can’t do much” about gasoline prices, explaining Wednesday that “short patents” when Biden prepares to travel are “not always very comprehensive.”

“I will do everything I can to minimize Putin’s price hike here at home,” the president said on Wednesday. And then a few hours later, as he got off Air Force One, he said, “I can’t do much about it right now.” “I can’t do much at the moment. »

“For anyone who might have been confused seeing the president’s two statements in a matter of hours, what would be your explanation? Does the president think he can take action to fix gas prices, or thinks there’s not much that’s doable?” a reporter asked PSAKI.

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“The short exchanges when the president gets off the plane and gets into a car aren’t always very full,” Psaki replied, adding that they aren’t “always extended.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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The press secretary reiterated the president’s statement announcing that the United States would ban oil imports from Russia amid the invasion of Ukraine and said Biden would continue to work “with the global community to ensure that supply on the market meets demand”.

“Putin’s war is already hurting American families at the gas pump since Putin began his military buildup on Ukraine’s borders,” Biden said Tuesday when announcing the Russian oil ban. “And with this action, it will increase further. I will do everything I can to minimize Putin’s price hike here at home and coordination with our partners.”

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After facing bipartisan calls to ban oil from Russia, Biden announced on Tuesday that the United States would move forward amid the invasion of Ukraine. He warned of the steady rise in gasoline prices.

President Joe Biden speaks about his administration's global COVID-19 vaccination efforts ahead of the G-7 summit, Thursday, June 10, 2021, in St. Ives, England.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

President Joe Biden speaks about his administration’s global COVID-19 vaccination efforts ahead of the G-7 summit, Thursday, June 10, 2021, in St. Ives, England. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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The Biden administration has continued to blame Russian President Vladimir Putin, with many in the administration calling it “Putin’s price hike.”

Kate Bedingfield, the White House communications director, used #PutinPriceHike in a tweet on Wednesday. She said the president would do whatever he can “to protect Americans from pain at the pump.”

Others believe the policies of the Biden administration, particularly the cancellation of permits for the Keystone XL pipeline, have something to do with the high gas prices facing Americans today.

“The United States imports nearly 600,000 barrels of oil a day from Russia – an amount that could have been offset by the more than 800,000 barrels of oil that the Keystone XL pipeline is capable of delivering each day if the administration Biden hadn’t stood up on the way,” Sen. Tim Scott, R.S.C., said in a Fox News op-ed last week.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29: U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) poses before a meeting with Seventh Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, in the Mansfield Room of the Capitol American on September 29, 2020 in Washington, DC (Photo by Bonnie Cash-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 29: U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) poses before a meeting with Seventh Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, in the Mansfield Room of the Capitol American on September 29, 2020 in Washington, DC (Photo by Bonnie Cash-Pool/Getty Images)
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But Daleep Singh, Biden’s deputy national security adviser, said Wednesday that the Keystone XL pipeline was a “distraction” and would not have been completed in 2022 even if it had been cleared.

Jason Modglin, president of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, previously told Fox Business that was not the case.

“Keystone would absolutely have made a difference because it would have lowered the cost of Canadian crude oil getting to the markets where it needs to go to be refined and shipped for use here in the United States,” he said. he declares. “And so, by canceling Keystone, it artificially raises the price of Canadian oil and allows the Russians to undermine it.”

Inflation hit a new 40-year high on Thursday, rising to 7.9%. Gas climbed 6.6% in February and accounts for almost a third of the overall price increase.

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