President Biden was out of touch, as usual, and welcomed record-high gas prices, exclaiming that the pain at the pump was part of the US economy’s “incredible transition” away from fossil fuels. Americans are not happy and many of them lashed out at Joe Biden and his failing administration.
WATCH Americans react:
“[When] it comes to the gas prices, we’re going through an incredible transition that is taking place that, God willing, when it’s over, we’ll be stronger and the world will be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuels when this is over,” Biden said at a press conference in Japan after meeting with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
Instead of raising petrol prices, the president said that his administration’s initiatives had been able to “keep it from getting worse — and it’s bad.”
Then only did Biden give lip service to the millions of Americans who have been forced to spend thousands of dollars more on gas, as reported.
“The price of gas at the pump is something that I told you — you heard me say before — it would be a matter of great discussion at my kitchen table when I was a kid growing up,” Biden remarked before admitting, “It’s affecting a lot of families.”
The national average price of a gallon of petrol was $4.596 per gallon as Biden spoke. According to AAA, several states have average costs of above $5, with California’s average cost just around $6.
Following Russia’s entry into Ukraine on February 24, the United States & several of its Western partners shut off all Russian oil and gas imports, contributing to skyrocketing gas prices in the United States.
To combat this, Biden declared the release of 180 million barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which his government claims will lower gasoline prices “quite dramatically.”
The usual price of gas at the time was $4.225 a gallon.
“It’s helped, but it’s not been enough,” Biden said on Monday.
In other parts of the press conference, the president acknowledged that the US economy had “problems,” warning that recovery will be “a haul” and “take some time.”
Republicans slammed Biden on social networks, criticizing him of enjoying increased gas prices while Democrats continue to push for a radical environmental agenda.
“Democrats are celebrating the higher gas prices Americans are paying,” the National Republican Congressional Committee stated.
“Biden refers to the skyrocketing gas prices as an ‘incredible transition.’ They’re saying the quiet part out loud now,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) posted. “They’re causing you pain at the pump because it’s all part of their radical agenda.”