(CNSNews.com) – White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre doubled down Thursday on President Joe Biden’s claim that inflation is happening worldwide but it’s better in the United States.
Speaking at the AFL-CIO convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, the president said, “Look, the point is this: Under my plan for the economy, we’ve made extraordinary progress, and we put America in a position to tackle the wor- — worldwide problem that’s worse everywhere but here: inflation.”
However, according to the Pew Research Center, inflation between first quarter 2020 and first quarter 2022 was lower than the United States in 24 other countries: Luxembourg, Germany, Slovakia, Norway, United Kingdom, Canada, Austria, Czech Republic, France, Iceland, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Mexico, Poland, Colombia, Hungary, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Japan, India, Indonesia, and China – which had the lowest.
Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy asked Thursday, “Why is the president saying that inflation is worse everywhere but here?”
“Because what we have seen across the globe – First of all, inflation is a global challenge as we have said,” the press secretary said.
“It is caused by clearly the pandemic, this once-in-a-generation pandemic that we are coming out of and also most recently the war that Putin started in Ukraine that has caused inflation as we look at food, and as we look at gas prices, so if you look at globally other countries, and if you look at where we are economically, when you think about Group 7, the G-7, we are in a much stronger place than we are economically than the rest, and also–” Jean-Pierre said.
“I did look globally though. He says that inflation is worse everywhere but here. That’s not true. U.S. has worse inflation than Germany, France, Japan, Canada, India, Italy, Saudi Arabia. So why is he saying that?” Doocy asked.
“What we are saying is that when you talk about inflation, it is a global thing, and it is not just about the United States. This is something that everyone is feeling because of coming out of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, because of the war that Russia has started in Ukraine,” Jean-Pierre said.
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