White House Again Blames Putin, When Asked Why 88 Percent of Americans Think Country’s on Wrong Track – Opinion

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre resorted to blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin for the U.S.’s economic problems when questioned during the daily press briefing Thursday by Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy.

“Why do you think it is that 88% of people in this country, polled by Monmouth, think the country is on the wrong track?” Doocy asked in reference to a recent Monmouth University poll.

“I’ll say this: The President understands what the American people are going through. He understands that gas prices are high because of Putin’s Tax Hike, because of the war that Putin- that brutal war that Putin has taken on in Ukraine and their brave fight, to fight for their democracy,” Jean-Pierre replied.

“That’s what we’re seeing here. And also the food insecurity– the food costs has skyrocketed, and that’s why the president has done everything that he can to blunt those high prices,” she continued.

While few are defending Putin’s decision to go to war in Ukraine, and it has had economic consequences, this is hardly the full story.

Russia is a key player in the global economic system, however Jean-Pierre doesn’t mention domestic political problems that lead to Americans believing the country has gone off track. With the American Rescue Plan (February 2002) and the Infrastructure Bill (February 2012), government spending fell off the track. The Wall Street Journal reported on this story back in February. Americans were deceived about the potential benefits of stimulus checks by being misled into thinking that they would only benefit in the short-term. They are now paying them back with higher prices across all areas.

The Biden administration is not interested in expanding the country’s oil and gas supplies by drilling. This makes the United States dependent on the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Saudi-ran Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) for their energy requirements. The Biden administration argues that it is harmful to the environment, and they are pushing for more renewable energy. The White House has not yet realized that renewable energy can be achieved while simultaneously supporting the oil-and gas industry.

Regardless of economics, it is easy to feel discouraged when the country’s Commander-in-Chief doesn’t inspire hope. Jean-Pierre is simply doing her job and cannot admit to these pitfalls earnestly, but the White House might need to “Putin” the effort and get a new messaging playbook.

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