Brian Deese, White House Director of the National Economic Council, said during a CNN interview Thursday afternoon that American families who were suffering from historic gas prices needed to understand that it was for “the future of the liberal world order,” even if they can’t afford it.
Deese made the tone deaf remarks during an interview on CNN’s “Newsroom” with co-host Victor Blackwell after Blackwell noted that U.S. officials have indicated that the war in Ukraine could last years.
“The military analyst, the Director of National Intelligence, they say that this could be a long war, measured in years. And I think everybody understands why this is happening,” Blackwell said.
“But is it sustainable?” Blackwell asked. “What do you say to those families who say, ‘Listen, we can’t afford to pay $4.85 a gallon for months, if not years, this is just not sustainable?’”
“Well, what you heard from the President today was a clear articulation of the stakes,” Deese responded. “This is about the future of the liberal world order, and we have to stand firm. But at the same time, what I’d say to that family, to Americans across the country, is you have a president administration that is going to do everything in its power to blunt those price increases and bring those prices down.”
Gas prices were already skyrocketing under the Biden administration long before Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine.
Deese’s remarks come after President Joe Biden (D) told reporters earlier in the day at brief question and answer session while in Madrid at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit that Americans should expect to suffer “as long as it takes” to beat Russia in Ukraine.
“The war has pushed prices up,” a reporter said. “They could go as high as $200 a barrel, some analysts think.”
“How long is it fair to expect American drivers and drivers around the world to pay that premium for this war?” the reporter asked.
“As long as it takes,” Biden responded, “so Russia cannot in fact defeat Ukraine and move beyond Ukraine. This is a critical, critical position for the world. Here we are. Why do we have NATO? I told Putin that in fact, if he were to move, we would move to strengthen NATO. We would move to strengthen NATO across the board.”