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Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy caught the White House in a clear falsehood on Thursday, as the Biden administration repeatedly deflects blame for the inflation crisis.
What is the claim?
The evolving position of the White House is that the inflation crisis is not really that bad because other countries are facing their own inflation problems.
In a speech on Tuesday, for example, Biden celebrated his policies and claimed they have “put America in a position to tackle the worldwide problem that’s worse everywhere but here: inflation.”
And in an interview with the Associated Press, he defended himself from bipartisan accusations that his COVID relief bill exacerbated inflationary pressures. “If it’s my fault, why is it the case in every other major industrial country in the world that inflation is higher? You ask yourself that? I’m not being a wise guy,” Biden said.
What happened with Doocy?
At the White House press briefing, Doocy confronted press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre over Biden’s narrative — and quickly disproved it.
“Why is the president saying that inflation is worse everywhere but here?” Doocy asked.
After blaming the COVID-19 pandemic and Russian President Vladimir Putin for domestic economic problems, Jean-Pierre repeated Biden’s claim.
“So if you look at globally, other countries, and if you look at where we are economically, when you think about the Group 7, the G-7, we are in a much stronger place than we are economically than the rest,” she claimed.
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Doocy immediately called out the falsehood.
“I did look globally, though. He says that inflation is worse everywhere but here. That’s not true,” Doocy explained. “U.S. has worse inflation than Germany, France, Japan, Canada, India, Italy, Saudi Arabia. So why is he saying that?”
Jean-Pierre, however, did not even address Doocy’s fact-check in response, but simply repeated what she had already said.
Well, I think what we are saying is that when you talk about inflation, it is a global thing. And it is not just about the United States, this is something that everyone is feeling — because of coming out of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, because of the war that Russia has started in Ukraine.
It is true, of course, that other countries are facing inflation problems. But inflation in the United States, just as Doocy explained, is outpacing other developed countries.
Here are the inflation rates of the developed countries that Doocy listed: Japan (2.5%), Saudi Arabia (2.2%), France (5.2%), Italy (6.8%), Canada (6.8%), India (7%), Germany (7.9%).
Meanwhile, the U.S. inflation rate hit 8.6% in May.