‘Who Can Afford That?’ – Peter Doocy Presses Jean-Pierre On Sharp Rise Of Gas Prices

Screenshot: WH Briefing 10/4/2022

On Tuesday, former Vice President Biden’s press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked if Biden was going to take responsibility for the rise in gas prices.

Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Jean-Pierre, ““You’ve said the president was responsible for gas prices coming down. Is the president responsible for gas prices going up?”

Jean-Pierre responded by saying, “So, it’s a lot more nuanced than that. 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. 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.”

The exchange continued when Doocy pressed the Jean-Pierre on the issue, this time noting how difficult it is for normal families to afford the sharp rise in gas prices that have occured under the Biden administration.

Jean-Pierre responded by saying, “And we understand that. 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.”