White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was mocked and ridiculed after she accidentally referred to a Russian natural gas pipeline as "Nordstrom-1."
Jean-Pierre made the gaffe during Tuesday's White House media briefing while discussing the controversy surrounding the Nord Stream-1 pipeline that delivers gas from Russia to some European countries.
“What we see Russia is doing, we’ve been very clear about this, is that they’re using energy, they’re weaponizing energy,” she said. “One of the things that has been out there, they shut down the pipeline of Nordstrom 1.”
Jean-Pierre apparently confused the oil pipeline with the department store, and many on social media were merciless in their reactions.
"Not sure what’s worse, that Karine Jean Pierre just called it The NORDSTROM Pipeline, or that Biden yelled at his TV, 'no dummy it’s Bloomingdales,'" replied Fox Radio host Jimmy Failla.
"You can return stuff to the pipeline even if you wore it 3 years ago. No tag necessary," responded bitcoin commentator Natalie Brunell.
"In fairness, she appears to know roughly as much about it as the rest of the White House," said security advisor Omri Ceren.
"The pipeline through which Europe receives over-priced cardigans," joked another user.
"Russia is currently building Nieman-Marcus and Macy's pipelines, as we speak," replied one jokester.
Although the official reason for Russia cutting off natural gas from flowing through the pipeline is a malfunction in a turbine, a spokesperson for Moscow said that the suspension would continue until Western countries end their sanctions over the Ukraine war.
The suspension is likely to worsen the ongoing energy crisis in Europe. Some business owners have posted their electricity bills on social media to show that their utility costs have skyrocketed to as much as ten times as their normal bills.
"We closed our tearoom/cafe we’ve run for 7 years due to increasing costs," claimed one user. "We can’t sustain the hikes and thought we would wait until the economy perked up again in the summer but obviously we will never open again."
Some financial experts believe Europe will plunge into a recession caused at least partly by the energy crisis.