The White House said the upcoming Labor Department report on the consumer price index will be “highly elevated” and not reflective of what it claims is recent progress which brought down gas prices.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters, “We expect the headline number, which includes gas and food, to be highly elevated mainly because gas prices were so elevated in June. Gas and food prices continue to be heavily impacted by the war in Ukraine, and there are a few important points to keep in mind when we get this backwards-looking data.”
She said that fighting inflation continues to be President Joe Biden’s top priority and, despite months of claiming the White House has no direct impact on gas prices, claims Biden’s efforts are now working.
Those costs of food and energy have specifically been hitting the American public hard, with the average price of gas over $5 last month.
The Biden administration continues to blame Putin and Russia’s war for these ongoing issues despite prices beginning to elevate months before the invasion of Ukraine.