Biden says he ‘can’t do much’ on gas prices, blames Russia

President Biden said on Tuesday he “can’t do much” about gas prices surging to historic highs after signing an executive order banning imports of Russian oil.

“Do you have a message for the American people on gasoline prices? a reporter asked Biden as he arrived in Fort Worth, Texas, for a veterans’ health event.

“They’re going to go up,” Biden said.

A reporter followed, “What can you do about it?”

“There’s not much I can do right now…Russia is responsible,” the president said, despite Republicans urging him to allow more national drilling and pipeline projects.

Biden announced Tuesday morning that he would ban Russian oil imports after two weeks of bipartisan pressure. Biden reportedly called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) Monday night in an unsuccessful attempt to overturn a vote on legislation that would force his hand.

“This is a step we are taking to inflict more pain on Putin, but there will also be costs here in the United States,” Biden warned in his remarks Tuesday morning as gas prices in the states States reached a record level of $4.17 per gallon on average.

The Biden administration has tried to woo the despotic leaders of Iran, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela to pump out more oil – instead of taking steps to boost domestic production as Ukraine invades by Russia disrupts the energy markets.

President Joe Biden says “Russia is responsible” for soaring gas prices in the United States.
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Gasoline prices are displayed on a pump at a Manhattan gas station in New York City, New York, U.S., March 7, 2022.
Average gas prices have jumped above $4 a gallon since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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US diplomats are scrambling to broker a new nuclear deal with Iran in return for sanctions relief and suddenly seek to smooth a rift with Venezuelan socialist strongman Nicolas Maduro, whom the US government does not recognize as the legitimate government of the country.

Biden is reportedly considering a trip to Saudi Arabia this spring to overcome his grudges with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who the US intelligence community says ordered the 2018 hit that killed and dismembered by bones, the columnist saw. from the Washington Post’s Jamal Khashoggi.

Biden, who recently ordered the release of some oil from the National Strategic Reserve, defended his own energy policies amid rising gas prices, saying Tuesday morning: “It’s just not true that my administration or my policies are holding back national energy production, that is simply not true.”

Active pump rams increase pressure to draw oil to the surface at the South Belridge oilfield February 26, 2022, in unincorporated Kern County, California, about 141 miles (227 km) northeast of west of Los Angeles, California.
President Joe Biden insists his administration is not limiting domestic oil production.
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Biden canceled construction of the Keystone XL pipeline last year and tried to stop new drilling permits on public lands.

Biden chastised oil companies for not making full use of existing drilling permits and warned them that there was “no excuse to excessively raise prices or increase profits or any kind of effort to exploit the situation. “.

The president’s insistence that his own policies were “not holding back domestic energy production” drew mockery from Republicans.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
President Joe Biden suggests that Americans will have to endure higher gas prices in order to “inflict more suffering” on Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.) tweeted, “@POTUS is it you?” with a connection to Biden’s 2021 executive order that sought to limit new oil exploration.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt tweeted, “Joe Biden is lying – although I won’t hold my breath for the ‘fact checkers’ to correct him.” Schmitt urged Biden to take various steps to boost domestic production, including allowing the construction of pipelines and new drilling.

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“I strongly support America to stop buying Putin’s oil,” tweeted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “We must also recognize that the past year of poor policies by this anti-home energy administration will make this necessary step more painful than it needed to be. Democrats must let Americans produce American energy.

Rising gasoline prices threaten to exacerbate already soaring inflation, which is at its highest level in 40 years.

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