President Joe Biden mentioned Thursday that the US was taking steps to ease what he known as “Putin’s value hike on the pump” and mentioned the nation stood united in opposition to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Biden informed supporters in a speech on the Democratic Nationwide Conference Winter Assembly that Russian President Vladimir Putin miscalculated how a lot worldwide resistance his invasion would face,
“Putin didn’t divide us … Putin was relying on a divided NATO, a divided West and fairly frankly a divided America — however he acquired none of that,” Biden informed the cheering crowd on the Washington Hilton Resort in DC.
“In reality, he’s now dealing with a extra united, energized, resolute NATO and the West than he ever imagined,” Biden mentioned.
“He’s didn’t divide Democrats and Republicans, however we must be sincere with the American individuals; the battle for freedom has its price right here at residence as nicely,” Biden mentioned, referencing record gas prices amid disrupted international shipments.
CEOs of home oil corporations had agreed to ramp up oil manufacturing to document ranges by the top of the yr, which was anticipated to mitigate the costs, Biden mentioned.
“On this time of battle, it’s not a time for revenue. It’s time for reinvesting in America,” he mentioned of the executives.
With out mentioning specifics, the Democrat informed supporters the US wanted to “act now to cope with this tyrant” earlier than costs acquired worse.
The remarks got here because the White Home Thursday continued to maintain it had “no intention” of immediately intervening within the two-week-old battle. Two days earlier, the administration did an about-face after it mentioned it might assist provide Ukraine with fighter jets. Excessive-ranking members of Congress on each side of the aisle had criticized Biden’s refusal to facilitate the cargo of planes to Ukraine’s embattled air pressure.
The president additionally claimed “bankers on Wall Avenue” have been impeding US oil manufacturing, and mentioned the nation wanted to “get off fossil fuels.”
Most of Biden’s 23-minute stump speech was targeted on touting his home agenda forward of the midterm elections.
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