Is Trump right?
A report by Fox News revealed former President Donald Trump accused President Joe Biden of “letting the radical climate extremists run our country while the world burns.”
Trump’s remarks come as gas prices soar to reach record highs as Russia’s war with Ukraine rages.
Referencing the surging fuel costs, Trump said, “Energy prices are skyrocketing 一 they are going to infinity, all because of Joe Biden.”
Gas prices last reached the levels they are at now during the financial crisis of 2008. However, according to AAA, the national average exceeding $4 is the highest average on record.
Gas prices are also expected to continue their upward trajectory after Biden announced a ban on Russian energy imports on Tuesday. Announcing the ban, Biden said it would target the “main artery” of Russia’s economy while acknowledging that the ban would come at a cost to American families.
The Biden administration had been considering the idea of banning Russian oil following bipartisan pressure. However, they had delayed doing it earlier as they coordinated with European allies to simultaneously ban oil imports. This move would have required Biden to get oil-producing nations to increase oil production to avoid disrupting Europe’s supply, as a third of the EU’s oil comes from Russia.
However, as the Russian-Ukraine conflict entered its third week, Biden appeared to abandon the simultaneous ban with European countries in favor of expediting punishing Russia, that only supplies 10% of the U.S. overall oil imports.
Trump, however, continued his criticism of Biden in his exclusive with Fox News, saying, “This was a war that should have never happened,” adding, “There is no way Putin would have done it if I were president.”