(RepublicanWire.org) – Fox News Peter Doocy checkmated White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre Tuesday over high gas prices as our so-called allies Saudi Arabia are moving to cut OPEC production to raise oil prices defying President Joe Biden.
Doocy: “You’ve said the president was responsible for gas prices coming down. Is he responsible for gas prices going up?”
Jean-Pierre: “So, it’s a lot more nuanced than that.”
“We have seen that over the past several months 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 we saw that we saw that every day this summer, over saving American families, over $1 per gallon. And so that is what the President is going to continue to stay focused on the American consumers. How do we continue to keep to keep prices down? That’s why we we did the inflation Reduction Act that’s why we talk about the Chips Act. All of these things are going to help Americans here in this country.”
Doocy rattled off some of the highest gas prices in the nation, asking, “who can afford that?”
“We understand that,” Jean-Pierre replied, expressing empathy, “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. But we have seen the reality is we have seen the fastest decline in gasoline prices in over a decade. That’s because of what this President has done.”
Doocy: When the President went to Saudi Arabia he said, “I’m doing all I can to increase the supply for the United States, which I expect to happen.” What happened?
Jean-Pierre: His trip to the Middle East was not about oil…Gas prices came down this summer.
According to The Financial Times:
Saudi Arabia is seeking to raise oil prices at a crucial meeting in Vienna in a move set to anger the US and help Russia.
Riyadh, Moscow and other producers are set to announce deep cuts at a meeting of the Opec+ cartel on Wednesday, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.
The size of the cut is still to be agreed but Saudi Arabia and Russia are pushing for reductions of 1mn-2mn barrels a day or more, although these could be phased in over several months.