WH Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre: 60 to 70 Percent of Gas Price Hike Comes from Putin’s Aggression Against Ukraine

(CNSNews.com) – White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said continued to blame the soaring gas prices on Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that he’s responsible for 60 to 70 percent of the gas hike.

This comes as gas prices rose to over $4 per gallon in all 50 states, according to AAA.

“On gas prices: Americans are now spending $5,000 a year on gasoline. That’s almost double what they did a year ago.  Where are people supposed to go to get all that extra cash?” Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy asked.

JEAN-PIERRE: To get the extra cash to pay for gas?

DOOCY:  Yeah.

JEAN-PIERRE:  Well, I mean, one of the things that we’ve been very clear about is to do everything in our power to make sure that we lower costs.  You know, it is important — we see it.  The President understands what the American people is — are — is going through, and that’s why we’re doing everything that we can. We’ve made multiple announcements in the past several — several months of what we’re doing — whether it’s just the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, whether it’s the ethanol 15, to make sure that that — that the American people are not feeling Putin’s price hike. 

This is where this is coming from. Sixty to seventy percent of the current price hike that we have seen has come from Putin’s aggression against Ukraine.

DOOCY:  So, the president announces on March 31st that he’s got all these steps to lower gas prices, and it’s still Putin’s fault, seven weeks later?

JEAN-PIERRE:  Well, because — what I’m saying is, since the war — since Putin’s war — aggression against Ukraine started back in February — we did see a spike, but before then, it had — the price — the — the price per gallon had fallen down about 10 cents or more, and then Putin started his aggression on Ukraine — his violent aggression on Ukraine — against their democracy, against their — against their sovereignty, and we saw about — I mean, the facts show it went up about 60 to 70 percent. 

So it is Putin’s tax hike. This is what we’re talking about.


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