President Joe Biden’s Director of National Economic Council, Brian Deese, defended the administration's energy policies on Thursday during an interview saying that the decisions were about "the future of the Liberal World Order."
CNN host Victor Blackwell asked Deese, "The military analysts, the Director of National Intelligence say this can be a long war measured in years. I think everybody understands why this is happening but is it sustainable? What do you say to those families who say, listen, we can't afford to pay $4.85 a gallon for months, if not years. This is not sustainable."
Deese replied, "What we heard from the President today was about the stakes. This is about the future of the Liberal World Order, and we have to stand firm. But at the same time what I'd say to that family, to Americans across the country is, you have a present administration that is going to do everything in its power to blunt those price increases and bring those prices down."
He continued, "Good news, over the past two weeks, we've seen the price at the pump come down 20 cents, but it is still unacceptably high. That's why the president earlier this week was working to bring the G7 allies together around, exploring something around a price cap. To cap the price that can be paid for Russian oil. Which will actually target the pain more directly on Vladimir Putin and not on the rest of the world."
Biden during a speech on Thursday that it was fair for Americans to expect to have to pay record high gas prices for "as long as it takes" for Russia to be defeated in Ukraine, despite gas prices spiking long before the invasion began.
The controversial World Economic Forum advocates for the so-called "Liberal World Order," and studies "the crisis facing the global liberal order from without and within and the implications of a post-western international order."
According to the WEF, "After a 70-year run, the global liberal order is under threat. The future of liberal democracy, open markets and common security pacts hang in the balance. There are red flags everywhere— from outbreaks of populism to the spread of protectionism and trade wars."
"The question everyone is asking is: can these trends be reversed? And if they can, will the global liberal order be updated and made fit-for purpose in the 21st Century? If the global liberal order collapses, will it be replaced by something fundamentally different?"
In March, before leaving for a NATO summit in Europe, Biden told the Business Roundtable CEO Quarterly Meeting in Washington DC about "a new world order out there, and we've got to lead it."
Biden said, there are "significant opportunities to make some real changes" regarding how the world reacts to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, adding the global community was at an "inflection point" that only occurs every few generations.
Biden added, "As one of the top military people said to me in a secure meeting the other day, 60 million people died between 1900 and 1946. And since then, we've established a liberal world order, and that hadn't happened in a long while. A lot of people dying, but nowhere near the chaos."
He continued, "And now is a time when things are shifting. There's going to be a new world order out there, and we've got to lead it. And we've got to unite the rest of the free world in doing it."
However, as opposed to Biden's usual gaffes, the administration did not walk-back or attempt to "clean up" the comment.
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