White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was rebuked by critics after claiming Thursday the US is “the financially strongest in history.”
Jean-Pierre made the claim during an exchange with Fox News White House correspondent Peter Ducey, who pressured Jean-Pierre over a recent poll by Monmouth University that showed 88% of Americans think the country is on the wrong path.
“We’re doing everything we can and we have a plan,” the spokesman replied. “Here are things. we have a plan Republicans have no plan. What they want to do is take rights away from the American people.”
“Do you think it’s possible that your plan might not be popular with the American people right now?” Doosy followed suit.
“I don’t think our plan is unpopular with the American people,” Jean-Pierre said. “We know the American people are feeling the high cost. We understand what you’re feeling, because if you look at inflation, if you look at where we are financially — and we’re stronger financially than we have historically — if you look at unemployment at 3.6%, if you look at the number of jobs, more than 8.7 million new jobs created, that’s remarkable.”
White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre believes America is on the right track financially. AP/Susan Walsh
Republicans and conservatives alike pounced on the White House claim that indicated annual inflation remains at levels not seen in four decades, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling more than 5,500 points this year from its peak , and GDP data suggests the US is heading for a recession.
“Each time this message is repeated by @PressSec, your #401k shrinks again.” tweeted Jennifer Stefano, Executive Vice President of the Commonwealth Foundation. “When is the Biden admin going to come out from under the covers and really face the reality of our economy and inflation?”
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“Americans aren’t buying this, @PressSec,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Ten.) tweeted“40 years of high inflation mean America is the strongest economy in history?”
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“Biden press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre insists that ‘we are financially stronger than at any time in history.’ Inflation is nearing a 40-year high, the economy has shrunk in the last quarter and 64% say their financial situation is ‘worsening’.” said Tommy PigotRapid Response Director for the Republican National Committee.
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“Hey, I’m a guy who grew up in Southphilly, went to college in Hawkhill and coached softball… so I don’t fully understand economics. Because for me and my family, we’re both losing a paycheck. And our retirement savings are crashing too. But damn, I’m not as smart as him.” tweeted Republican congressional candidate from Pennsylvania, Guy Ciarochi.
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The White House press secretary acknowledged that inflation has affected many Americans. AFP via Getty Images/Saul Loeb
“I meant come on. Inflation is at a 40-year high, gas prices across the country are averaging $5 a gallon, we still don’t have all the jobs we’ve lost to the pandemic and wages [are] several percentage points behind inflation”, said John CooperDirector of Media and Public Relations at the Heritage Foundation. “Biden’s economy is historic, but not in the way he would like.”
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) as well ring in say“Every American — except apparently those who worked in the Biden White House — knows that’s not true.”
With inflation hitting a record high of 8.6% in May and the average cost of a gallon of gasoline on Friday was $4,721, the Biden administration received some good economic news.
In June, 372,000 jobs were added in the US – a number far above the expected 270,000. Amid the gains, the unemployment rate held steady at 3.6%.
In response, President Biden called it “the fastest and strongest job recovery in American history.”
“The historic strength of our labor market is one reason why our economy is uniquely well-positioned to address global economic challenges — from global inflation to the economic fallout from Putin’s war,” he said in a statement. “There is no better country than the US when it comes to reducing inflation without sacrificing all of the economic gains we have made over the past 18 months.
“Of course, having created a record number of new jobs and hitting historically low unemployment levels, this strong position will slow additional job growth,” he said. “That’s not a bad thing as our economy should be moving towards steady growth for years to come.”