Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre denied having knowledge that millions of barrels of oil from America’s strategic energy reserve have been sent overseas to foreign countries, instead of being distributed within the U.S. to curb the cost-crippling gas crisis currently occurring at the pump.
“Karine Jean-Pierre doesn’t know that millions of barrels of oil released from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve have been sent to foreign countries,” a Twitter post from “RNC Research” read.
In the clip, a member of the press pool cites a Reuters report claiming more than 5 million barrels were released from the emergency reserve and sent to Europe and Asia back in June — some of the oil even reportedly went to China.
Jean-Pierre appears to roll her eyes and waves her hands in the air as she stammeringly answers, “I have not seen that report so I would honestly — have to go look into it, and see what — what the truth is, in that, in that, statement that you just laid out and see exactly what’s happening. I just have not seen that report.”
The Reuters Report Jean-Pierre claims to not have seen, shows “U.S. gasoline and diesel prices hit record highs” and cites Biden’s “call for gasoline suppliers to cut their prices” which reportedly ended up “drawing criticism from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.”
“Bring down the price you are charging at the pump to reflect the cost you’re paying for the product. And do it now,” Biden had said.
Bezos responded on Twitter writing: “Ouch. Inflation is far too important a problem for the White House to keep making statements like this. It’s either straight ahead misdirection or a deep misunderstanding of basic market dynamics.”
This comes at a time when the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows the national average for a gallon of gasoline to be fast approaching $5 — with little sign of the surge slowing.
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