Reporter Challenges Biden Admin’s Claims Of Economic Success
In a recent press briefing, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy took on White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on the issue of inflation and the state of the economy under President Joe Biden’s leadership.
During the briefing, Jean-Pierre emphasized the gradual decline in the costs of various goods and services, attributing this positive trend to the economic policies implemented by the Biden administration.
However, Doocy could not reconcile the claims with the fact that many Americans are not seeing the touted economic success.
“So, is it your sense that when people are home for Thanksgiving, catching up with their family members, they were saying to each other, ‘Can you believe how much more affordable things have gotten?’” he inquired.
Jean-Pierre responded by emphasizing the administration’s commitment to understanding the financial challenges faced by American families.
In her words, “We take what families — the decisions that they make at their kitchen table, whether it’s at whether it’s during Thanksgiving or whether it is every month, as they’re trying to make hard decisions about how they move forward with taking care of their family — we take that very seriously. It’s not a joke to us, it is important to us. This is a president who talks about it in a very personal way, when he talks about what, what families have to go through, working families, middle-class families. And that’s why he’s taken actions that he has.”
She continued by insisting that the data indicates an improving economy. “The data shows that households remain in a strong financial position. Household wealth is at a record high with lower income households seeing the largest gain since the pandemic. Those are indeed what we’re seeing,” she said.
But Doocy persisted, asking why a majority of Americans outside the White House are not “buying” the claimed economic improvements.
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In response, Jean-Pierre said the continued economic challenges are due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the previous administration led by President Donald Trump. She argued that Biden’s American Rescue Plan played a crucial role in enabling the reopening of small businesses and schools.
As she put it, “When we walked into this administration, the economy was on a tailspin. That is the fact. Because of the last administration, because of the Trump administration, because of how they dealt with Covid and the pandemic, because they didn’t have a comprehensive plan…. It’s going to take some time, but it does not take away how we have seen the economy getting back on its feet.”