Joe Biden repeated a debunked lie about inflation during a press conference Thursday at a NATO summit in Spain. In response to a reporter’s question, Biden falsely suggested that inflation in the United States is lower than the rest of the world, and blamed Russia for the spike in prices. He also blamed the Supreme Court for “destabilizing” the country.
“America is better positioned to lead the world than we ever have been. We have the strongest economy in the world; our inflation rates are lower than other nations in the world,” Biden said. “The one thing that has been destabilizing is the outrageous behavior of the Supreme Court of the United States.”
“I can understand why the American people are frustrated because of inflation, but inflation is higher in almost every other country. Prices at the pump are higher in almost every other country,” he added. “We’re better positioned to deal with this than anyone, but we have a way to go.”
More lying from Biden — Joe insists "America is better positioned to lead the world than we ever have been" with "the the strongest economy in the world" and "inflation rates…lower than other nations in the world." pic.twitter.com/c7K0exUi4P
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In truth, the U.S. is doing worse most economically advanced countries, including Japan, France, Germany, the U.K., Italy, and Canada, with a 40-year high inflation rate of 8.3 percent.
Biden told the same lie earlier this month while speaking at an AFL-CIO conference.
“Under my plan for the economy, we’ve made extraordinary progress,” Biden said on June 14. “And put America in the position to tackle a worldwide problem that’s worse everywhere but here.”
In an attempt to shift the blame for the crumbling U.S. economy away from himself, Biden has taken to calling runaway inflation and rising gas prices “Putin’s price hike.”
During the NATO presser, he said “the bottom line is: Ultimately, the reason why gas prices are up is because of Russia. Russia, Russia, Russia.”
Biden also said that Americans will have to put up with high gas prices for “as long as it takes” to defeat Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“The war has pushed prices up. [Oil] could go as high as $200 a barrel, some analysts think,” New York Times reporter Jim Tankersley said. “How long is it fair to expect American drivers and drivers around the world to pay that premium for this war?”
“As long as it takes,” Biden answered. “Russia cannot, in fact, defeat Ukraine and move beyond Ukraine.”
Biden is scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia in July as part of a trip to the Middle East.
Back in March, the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the U.A.E.’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan both reportedly declined White House requests to speak to Biden.
The bad blood between Biden and the kingdom go back to the 2020 presidential election, when the then-Democrat candidate vowed to treat the kingdom as a “pariah” state because of its alleged involvement in Khashoggi’s assassination in Istanbul, Turkey in 2018.
There is “very little social redeeming value in the present government in Saudi Arabia,” Biden said during a presidential debate in 2019. Biden has also publicly scolded Saudi Arabia over the war in Yemen and “cut off the flow of some weapons Riyadh could use to target Houthis,” the WTJ reported.
Biden further alienated the Saudis by reversing the Trump administration’s decision to put the Houthis on America’s official list of global terrorist groups, which Saudi leaders say “emboldened the Yemeni force and thwarted efforts to broker a cease-fire,” according to the WSJ.
Both Saudi Arabia and U.A.E. have also reportedly alarmed by the Biden regime’s talks over Iran nuclear program, which apparently is a more reckless and dangerous version of Obama’s Iran deal.
Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in March that Biden stood by his view that Saudi Arabia should be treated like a “pariah” state and that the leadership had little redeeming social value.
The Atlantic magazine asked Prince Mohammed if he felt “misunderstood” by Biden. “Simply, I do not care,” the prince replied. “It’s up to him to think about the interests of America. Go for it.”
When asked by a reporter Thursday whether he would be asking the Saudis to ramp up oil production when he visits the Middle East in July, Biden said that was not the purpose of the trip, and attempted to explain why he was going.
“The purpose of the trip — my — first of all, I’m starting off on that trip in Israel. And the Israelis are — believe it’s really important that I make the trip,” he said. “And in addition to that, what we’re trying to do is that the G— it’s the Gulf States plus three. And so, I’m sure — it’s in Saudi Arabia, but it’s not about Saudi Arabia. It’s in Saudi Arabia.”
When asked if he would be asking the crown prince to increase oil production, Biden claimed that he would not, adding that he has already “indicated” that he thinks they should ramp up oil production.
“No, I’m not going to ask them. I’m going to ask — there’s — all the Gulf States are meeting,” he replied. “I’ve indicated to them that I thought they should be increasing oil production, generically — not to the Saudis particularly. And I think we’re going to — I hope we see them, in their own interest, concluding that makes sense to do.”
He added: “And, you know, they have real concerns about — about what’s going on in Iran and other places in terms of their security as well — all of them.”