Director of the National Economic Council Brian Deese took to CNN on Thursday to tell Americans they’re going to have to put up with high gas prices for as long as it takes to back the Ukrainian war effort.
When asked what the Biden administration had to say to families who can’t afford skyrocketing fuel costs, Deese replied, “This is about the future of the Liberal World Order and we have to stand firm.” He said, however, that gas prices are “unacceptably high.” His comments mirrored sentiments expressed at a recent NATO summit by President Joe Biden, who said in a speech Americans will have to endure inflated gas prices for “as long as it takes” to resolve the conflict with Russia.
CNN: “What do you say to those families that say, ‘listen, we can’t afford to pay $4.85 a gallon for months, if not years?’”
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Biden’s historically low approval ratings may be a sign his administration’s priorities are out of step with the American people’s. Domestic oil production has declined under Biden, which has been a factor in numerous gas price records being broken during the president’s tenure. On Friday, the average price for a gallon of gas in the United States was $4.84.
A majority of Americans believe the nation’s economy should be prioritized over sanctioning Russia, according to an AP-NORC poll conducted in May. Support for combating Russian aggression relative to achieving economic growth has also been declining over time.