White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki attempted to downplay the recent surge in gas prices by claiming that they were ‘well in line with recent decades’ during a press briefing on Friday.
As The Hill reports:
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday said that gas prices have “stabilized” and defended them as “well in line” with recent decades as they reached the highest prices since 2014 ahead of Memorial Day weekend.
“As Americans are hitting the road, they are paying less in real terms for gas than they have on average over the last 15 years — and they’re paying about the same as they did in May 2018 and May 2019,” Psaki said in a statement.
“While prices have increased from the lows last year — as demand drastically dipped — prices at just about $3 per gallon are still well in line with what they’ve been in recent decades,” she added.
In spite of Psaki’s assertions, gas prices are now the highest they’ve been since 2014, and certainly higher than they were at any time during the Trump Administration.