This is not good.
As Americans battle the worst inflation in four decades and energy costs soar, Vice President Kamala Harris warned that the U.S. could “incur some cost” as a result of the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
Speaking to NATO leaders at a Security Conference in Munich, Germany on Sunday, Harris announced that, “When America stands for principles, and all of the things that we hold dear, it requires sometimes for us to put ourselves out there in a way that maybe we will incur some cost.”
Elaborating on the potential cost incurred, Harris pointed to energy costs, considering Russia was one of the worldʼs largest oil producers.
For many Americans, Harris’s comments will be unwelcome, as they contend with an inflation rate that has not been this high in nearly four decades — affecting everyday goods like food, shelter, clothing, transportation, and medical care.
However, Harris seemingly alluded to the need to absorb those costs, emphasizing that there was a “real possibility of war” in Europe, saying it was important to “understand the significance of what we’re talking about.”
She added that it had been “over 70 years” of Europe experiencing “peace and security.”
Her remarks come as the Biden administration has been warning for weeks that a Russian invasion of Ukraine was imminent.
Yet the administration has also not ruled out a diplomatic resolution, with a security and strategic summit on Ukraine between President Biden and Russia President Putin on the cards and Harris confirming that diplomatic resolutions were still a possibility, but that that possibility was narrowing.