A CNN anchor noted Sunday that despite the Biden administration’s push to blame recent gas price spikes on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, most Americans don’t seem to believe it.
During a panel discussion attended by Axios political reporter Hans Nichols, CNN anchor Abby Phillip agreed that high gas prices were inevitable, no matter what economic good news the White House or excuses for bad news like the “Putin price hike.” may be offering in the current inflationary cycle, and they don’t look like they’re going to abate anytime soon.
“If inflation is where it is, if you see gas prices going where it is, we can talk about a jobs report here, we can talk about the latest PCE [personal consumption expenditures] Numbers or the CPI [consumer price index], and all of us ex-Bloomberg reporters can really get into the weeds, right? Nichols began.
“But there’s one number they can’t really change right now,” he warned. “And that’s what the poster at the local gas station says.”
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Phillip pointed out that the White House had even attempted to label the gas price hike #PutinPriceHike — and even called in TikTok influencers to help them spread that particular message — a move that didn’t catch on seemed like the Biden administration might have liked it.
In addition to blaming Putin, President Joe Biden and others in his administration have tried to blame the oil companies themselves for soaring gas prices, claiming that many of them are sitting on thousands of unused land leases, raising prices for the American people while continuing to generate record profits for themselves and their shareholders.
“Look, when I’ve passed gas stations that say ‘blame Putin’ more than ‘Let’s go Brandon,’ I know the White House has successfully delivered messages,” Nichols replied.
“That in itself is fascinating,” Phillip agreed, before sharing the results of a recent poll that showed the message didn’t resonate with most Americans.
“Look at this Quinnipiac poll. Americans just don’t think this is related to the war in Ukraine, and most of it, frankly, isn’t. 41 percent say it is Biden’s policy, only 24 percent say the war in Ukraine. Twenty-four percent also say oil and gas companies are raising prices,” Phillip said.
“But the White House is trying to do both, blame Putin, blame the oil and gas companies, but Americans just don’t agree.”
https://smartzune.com/cnn-anchor-pushes-back-big-time-on-biden-admins-claims-that-high-gas-prices-are-russias-fault/ CNN Anchor strongly dismisses Biden Admin’s claims that high gas prices are Russia’s fault