Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki got into quite the cat fight with Fox News's Jacqui Heinrich over US reliance on Russian oil, and whether America is 'financing the war' in Ukraine by continuing to do so.
"The president, as recently as yesterday, talked about increasing domestic manufacturing to bring down prices on inflated items like goods. So why not apply the same logic to energy and increase domestic production here," asked Heinrich.
Psaki pushed back, suggesting that oil companies can tap into pre-approved leases, and that they should do so without US government incentives."
"Is there nothing that the administration can do?" asked Heinrich, who then asked if opening the Keystone pipeline "and having more energy-friendly policies" might reduce inflation.
To which Psaki said the pipeline would "take years to have any impact."
"During those years that it would take to 'bring down prices, as you're saying,' we should continue to buy Russian oil?
Psaki then said this is an opportunity to 'reduce our reliance on oil,' suggesting that America can "do more to invest in clean energy, more to invest in other sources of energy, that's exactly what we can do to prevent this from happening in the future."
Heinrich then dropped a bomb of a question - asking "As long as we're buying Russian oil, though, aren't we financing the war?"
To which Psaki said "It's only about 10% of what we're importing," adding "our objective and our focus here is making sure that any step we take maximizes the impact on President Putin and minimizes the impact on the American people.
Psaki faces BRUTAL questions on energy:— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) March 3, 2022
"Why not...increase domestic production here?"
"Is there nothing that the administration can do?"
"We should just continue to buy Russian oil?"
"Aren't we financing the war?"
Psaki says we should invest in clean energy. pic.twitter.com/8mbV3fpLqK
When asked what the plan is for Americans suffering from high oil prices, Psaki said "I can't get into all the details of those, but the president is quite focused on making sure that we are taking steps to reduce the impact."
REPORTER: "What is the plan for Americans who are going to have to be living with these high oil prices?"— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) March 3, 2022
PSAKI: "I can't get into all the details of those, but the president is quite focused on making sure that we are taking steps to reduce the impact." pic.twitter.com/qpFgJmXilR
We can't wait to see what they have in mind.
Meanwhile in the world of word salad...
Kamala Completely STUMPED By Reporter's Question on Russian Oil— Talks in Endless, Meaningless Circles— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 3, 2022
OH… MY… GOD— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 1, 2022
Q: “What’s going on in Ukraine?”
Kamala: “Ukraine is a country in Europe. It exists next to another country called Russia. Russia is a bigger country. Russia decided to invade a smaller country called Ukraine so basically that’s wrong.”