Fox News’ Peter Doocy had an interesting question for White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre during Tueseday’s press briefing: “You’ve said the President was responsible for gas prices coming down. Is [he] responsible for gas prices going up?”
KJP’s answer left something lacking, but she did her best to check all the boxes: “global challenges,” “pandemic,” “historic steps,” and “Putin’s war.”
“So, it’s a lot more nuanced than that,” Jean-Pierre claimed. “You know this. There have been global challenges that we have all have dealt with. When I say ‘all,’ meaning other countries as well have dealt with since the pandemic. There’s been pandemic and there’s been Putin’s war.”
“And what the president was able to do — he took some historic steps, when you think about the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and making sure that he — we were able to do everything that we can to bring that cost down for American families, give them a little bit more of a breathing room,” Jean-Pierre said of Biden’s actions leading up to the midterm elections. “And so that is what the president is going to continue to stay focused on — are American consumers; how do we continue to keep — to keep prices down.”
Doocy reminded KJP that Americans are seeing prices north of $5 and $6 dollars again; “who can afford that?” Doocy asked.
“And we understand that,” Jean-Pierre claimed. “That’s why the president worked so hard the past several months to make sure that he did everything we can to bring gas prices down. We have seen fastest — I know you’re pulling out a couple of areas across the country, and I get that. And we understand that there’s more work to do. We have never said we were done here. We have always been very clear that there is more work to do.”
Doocy: "[T]here are consumers…in California paying $6.41 a gallon…Nevada, $5.51. Oregon, $5.46. Who can afford that?"
KJP: "We understand…That's why [Biden] worked…hard the past several months…to bring gas prices down…[Y]ou're pulling out…areas across the country" pic.twitter.com/H5sYDjGZiP
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) October 4, 2022