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White House economic adviser Brian Dees suggested in a CNN interview Thursday that the pain at the pump is the price Americans must pay “for the future of the liberal world order.”
“CNN Newsroom” anchor Victor Blackwell played a clip of President Biden telling reporters at Thursday’s NATO summit that Americans could continue to pay a premium for gas “as long as it takes” to win the war in Ukraine.
Blackwell asked Dees how the White House would respond to Americans worried they won’t be able to live paying $5 or more a gallon “for years” to come.
“Military analysts, the director of national intelligence say this is a long war, measured in years. I think everybody understands why this is happening. But is it sustainable? What do you say to those families, ‘Listen, we can’t afford to pay $4.85 a gallon a month, if not years, it’s Not sustainable,” Blackwell questioned.
President Biden appears to be praising higher gas prices as an ‘incredible transition’ Americans must go through
Dees initially responded, “What you heard from the president today is a clear statement of right. This is about the future of the liberal world order, and we must stand firm.” The comment created a stir on social media.
Later, a White House official hailed President Biden’s moves to lower gas prices as “good news.”
“The good news is, in the last two weeks, we have seen the price of gas at the pump come down to about twenty cents but still not acceptable,” he remarked.
Deasey described steps the president is taking to continue to “bring those prices down,” including a temporary federal gas tax holiday, pressure on oil companies and a potential price cap on Russian oil.
A Washington Post reporter lamented that the energy crisis and high gas prices were ‘not fueling the Green Revolution’
But Blackwell continued to press Biden advisers about Americans’ displeasure with the administration. He cited an AP-NORC poll showing that 69% of Americans disapprove of the president’s job on the economy and 85% are dissatisfied with the direction the country is headed.
Dees sympathized with Americans’ “frustration” but said they needed to remember the Biden administration had made “historic economic progress” and that this was a “transition.”
“And as we move through this challenging period, as we move through this transition, we’ve made historic economic progress and remind the American people that that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t feel the anxiety that people feel.” He started. The Biden official said how the United States is “in a better and stronger position” to deal with these issues.
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Asked what he meant by “transformation,” Dees said the administration wants to return the economy to a better place than it was under the Trump administration.
“The pre-pandemic economy is not working for a lot of middle-class families,” said the economics consultant.
A Fox News poll from June found most voters trust Republicans to handle inflation.
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