PSAKI Speaks To Fox News Reporter About Rising Gas Prices

  • On Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki got into a fight with Fox News’ Peter Doocy.
  • Doocy asked PSAki why the administration wouldn’t restart the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • “We’re already getting that oil, Peter,” Psaki said, noting that Canada still exports oil to the United States.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki got into a tense exchange with Fox News’ Peter Doocy on Wednesday about rising gasoline prices in the United States.

“Why did you decide to rename the gas price hike to #PutinPriceHike?” Doocy asked, referring to the White House Messaging that Russian President Vladimir Putin is responsible for the recent spike in gas prices in the United States due to his invasion of Ukraine.

“I mean, if you want to use it on Fox, I welcome that,” Psaki replied.

President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a ban on Russian energy imports as part of the United States’ response to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. But Biden warned Americans that the move would affect the United States as well.

“It’s a step we’re taking to inflict more pain on Putin, but there will also be costs here in the United States,” Biden said. “I will do everything I can to minimize Putin’s price hike here at home.”

Doocy said the Biden administration had previously said the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain issues had contributed to higher inflation and therefore higher gasoline prices. PSAKI hit back, saying she didn’t think “no one was predicting” that Russia would go to war with Ukraine.

“Events in the world, including Russia’s invasion of a foreign country, are causing instability and


volatility

in global oil markets,” Psaki said. “And there are all kinds of different issues that can impact that. That’s what we see now.”

She added, “If President Putin’s buildup of military troops causes volatility and an increase in oil and prices, then you have an increase in the price of gasoline at the pump.”

Gasoline rose more than $1 a gallon from the same period last year, hitting a record $4.17 a gallon in the United States on Tuesday. Fox News has focused its coverage on inflation for months, with opinion leaders advocating more drilling in the United States despite oil companies suspend leases they were allowed to drill on public land.

Doocy also asked Psaki if the Biden administration would “cut red tape” to help US oil and gas companies drill in the country.

PSAKI replied that the companies had the permits and the capacity to produce oil, adding, “I don’t think they need an embroidered invitation to drill.”

Doocy then asked Psaki if Biden would consider restarting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which Biden halted when he took office last year. At the time, only about 8% of the pipelinewhich would have transported oil from Canada to the United States, had been completed.

The GOP has long criticized Biden’s decision to rescind the permit for the pipeline. Recently, some Republicans have seized on the pipeline as a possible option to increase energy supply and combat rising gas prices.

The White House has repeatedly rejected that stance, saying restarting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline would not resolve soaring gas prices.

“If we try to increase the supply, that doesn’t solve any problem,” Psaki said Wednesday, adding, “We’re already getting that oil, Peter. The pipeline is just a delivery mechanism. It’s not isn’t an oil field, so it doesn’t provide more supply into the system.”

While the White House pushed renewable energy as a long-term solution to challenges like this in the global oil market, the Biden administration in its first year approved nearly 1,000 more drilling permits than the Trump administration in his first year.