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Fox News reporter Peter Doocy exposed on Thursday the emptiness of President Joe Biden's plan to blame Russian President Vladimir Putin for his domestic problems.
This week, the Biden administration coalesced around messaging that blames Putin for sky-high gas prices and historic inflation, despite both economic problems existing long before the Russia-Ukraine war.
What happened Thursday?
During the daily press briefing, Doocy asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki whether the Biden administration is "just going to start blaming Putin for everything until the midterms?"
At first, Psaki defended the plan.
"Well, we’ve seen the price of gas go up at least 75 cents since President Putin lined up troops on the border of Ukraine," she said.
But Doocy quickly exposed the misleading blame game, noting that just last month the Biden administration blamed inflation and economic woes on the COVID-19 pandemic — not Putin.
"Why is that?" Doocy pressed.
In response, Psaki claimed that "all" global economists agree the pandemic is responsible for inflation before she returned to blaming Putin.
"Well, Peter, the last two years, there was a global pandemic. Global economists have all agreed that that has been the biggest contributor to date of inflation because of the impact on the supply chain. Obviously, global events impact the global economy, as well as global inflation," Psaki said. "And the price hikes, as a result, that have escalated over the course of time of President Putin’s further invasion of the impact on the global oil markets are of course having an impact."
Doocy to Psaki: "Are you guys going to start blaming Putin for everything until the midterms?"pic.twitter.com/OSWwOBWZLc— The Post Millennial (@The Post Millennial) 1646936694
Earlier in the briefing, Doocy confronted Psaki over her repeated claims that inflation will be temporary.
"We just heard you say, again, that you think inflation is going to be temporary. We’ve heard you say that it was going to be temporary since last spring. So how long do you guys think 'temporary' is?" Doocy asked.
Psaki, however, deflected blame for the incorrect predictions, saying the Biden administration relies on the Federal Reserve and "outside economic analysts" for assessments of the economy.
"The expectations and their assessment at this point continues to be that it will moderate by the end of the year," Psaki said. "There’s also no question that when a foreign dictator invades a foreign country, and when that foreign dictator is the head of a country that is the third-largest supplier of oil in the in the world, that that is going to have an impact. And it is."
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Chris Enloe is a staff writer for Blaze News