Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy called out Press Secretary Jen Psaki as the Biden administration attempts to blame Putin’s invasion of Ukraine for every one of the president’s failures.
Doocy alluded to an earlier claim made by Psaki that economists are predicting inflation would begin to slow by the end of the year – noting that the Biden admin has been making claims of inflation being “temporary” since spring of 2021 but the numbers have just kept climbing.
“We just heard you say….you think inflation is going to be temporary. We’ve heard you say [that] since last spring, so how long do you guys think temporary is?” Doocy asked.
“Well, again, Peter, I think what we do is we rely on the assessments of the Federal Reserve and of outside economic analysts who give an assessment of how long they think it will last,” Psaki replied.
“The expectations and their assessment at this point continues to be that it will moderate by the end of the year. There is also no question that when a foreign dictator invades a foreign country and when that foreign dictator is the head of a country that is the third largest supplier of oil in the world, that that is going to have an impact, and it is.”
Doocy then dropped the hammer on Psaki and called out their strategy to continue the lies going into midterms.
The Fox News reporter questioned if the intent of the Biden administration was to simply blame Putin for everything that has gone wrong during Biden’s presidency in the hopes of it salvaging what is slated to be a disastrous midterm election for the Democrats.
“And so to that point, inflation goes up today. The President’s statement blames the ‘Putin Price Hike.’ Are you guys just going to start blaming Putin for everything until the midterms?” Doocy asked.
“Well, we’ve seen the price of gas go up at least $.75 since President Putin lined up troops on the border of Ukraine,” Psaki replied.
Earlier in the week, Doocy sparred with Psaki over a similar issue.
“It sounds like you are blaming Putin for the increase in gas prices recently, but weren’t gas prices going up anyway because of post-pandemic supply chain issues?” Doocy asked.
“Well, I think that there’s no question that as we have seen and outside analysts have conveyed this as well, the increase and the anticipated continued increase, which is I think what some of your colleagues were asking about, that is a direct result of the invasion of Ukraine, and also there was an anticipation of that,” Psaki replied, appearing to suggest that gas prices had only risen prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine because the markets had anticipated it.
The Russia/Ukraine conflict has proven to be rather convenient for an administration in Washington who was experiencing historically low approval ratings, and while that has not changed, the media has been working aggressively to try and shift the narrative surrounding the catastrophe that has been Biden’s presidency.