Jennifer Psaki, the White House press secretary fielded questions on Thursday as the United States continues to see soaring gas prices and unbridled inflation, owing in part to Russia’s ongoing attack on Ukraine.
Psaki refuses to draw a line in the sand with Russia, boasting that the US has ruined the Russian economy.
She refused to state a precise “red line” for Russian military aggression, as well as comment on the White House’s prepared response to the probable deployment of chemical or biological weapons by Russia.
When asked how the US intends to project a strong outside presence, Psaki pointed to the ongoing sanctions on Russian goods as proof of the administration’s commitment to the Ukrainian cause.
“From here on out, I’m not going to get into red lines,” she continued. “What I’d say is that when I said we haven’t let anything go unanswered, what I meant was that we’ve increased our military and security assistance to Ukraine to unprecedented levels, including a wide spectrum of defensive weapons. We’ve sped up the process.”
She went on to estimate US investments in helping Ukraine with defensive weapons and humanitarian aid, as well as the US’s tough economic suppression of Russia.
She informed the press. “We’ve already delivered around $240 million in the last ten days. We’ve also offered a variety of humanitarian aid, and we’ve effectively destroyed the Russian economy, which is currently without a stock exchange.
Psaki blamed the Russian invasion for increasing gas prices and economic inflation in the United States at the same press conference, but said analysts believe the situation to be “temporary.”
“We rely on the Federal Reserve’s evaluation and the opinions of other economic professionals to determine how long it will persist. At this time, the expectation and evaluation is that it will moderate by the end of the year “Psaki explained.
“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,” Psaki said when pressed on blaming Russia for the inflation crisis and Democrats’ insistence that the U.S. economic downturn is a direct result of Russia ahead of the midterm elections.