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‘Does Biden Take Any Responsibility?’: Peter Doocy Grills Karine Jean-Pierre On Inflation

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US journalist Peter Doocy arrives for the White House Correspondents Association gala at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC, on April 30, 2022. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds / AFP) (Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy grilled Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre during Tuesday’s briefing, asking her whether President Joe Biden took any responsibility for implementing policies that could have made record-setting inflation levels worse.

Doocy began with the fact that gas prices had hit yet another record high. “In some places in this country now, a gallon of gas costs more than the people on the federal minimum wage are making in an hour. What does the White House want these people to do? Just stop driving to work?” he asked.

Jean-Pierre responded by saying that President Biden understood what the American people were feeling. “He understands what it means for people who are sitting at their kitchen table and see gas prices go up,” she said.

She then pivoted to blame the rising prices on Russian President Vladimir Putin, arguing that the pandemic and the war between Russia and Ukraine were the main drivers impacting inflation.

Doocy pushed back, asking whether the Biden administration believed that any of their policies were impacting inflation.

“You just mentioned Putin a few times as a reason for recent inflation. Do you guys think that any part of inflation this year is because of President Biden’s spending plans? Or is it all Putin’s fault?” Doocy asked.

Jean-Pierre responded by touting low unemployment numbers and claiming that Biden’s policies were the reason that he had been able to “create” more jobs than any other president in his first year — and then circled back to blaming Putin.

Doocy made one more attempt to get a straight answer with regard to Biden’s policies and their impact on inflation. “So I guess the next question would be, does President Biden take any responsibility for his policies potentially contributing to inflation?”

“His policies has [sic] helped the economy gets back on its feet. That’s what his policies has [sic] — his policies has [sic] done,” Jean-Pierre insisted. “This — when we talk about the gas prices right now, this is indeed Putin’s gas hike. This is what we have seen in the most recent months of what we’re seeing at the gas pump. And so that is a fact, we have seen about 60% increase in the past several months.”

Jean-Pierre then claimed that the biggest frustration for President Biden was watching what the American people had to go through.