WATCH: Doocy asks if White House is going to blame 'Putin for everything until the midterms'

Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded by doubling down on the notion that Russia is to blame, at least in part, for American gas prices.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC

The Biden administration has repeatedly been criticized for their insistence that Russia is causing gas prices in the US to rise.

When the issue came up during Thursday's press briefing, Doocy asked if the White House is "going to start blaming Putin for everything until the midterms?"

Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded by doubling down on the notion that Russia is to blame, at least in part, for American gas prices.

Doocy also challenged President Biden's commitment to electric vehicles. Amid rising fuel prices across the nation, the White House is urging Americans to consider buying electric vehicles. Doocy questioned whether President Biden practices what he preaches.

"You guys are pushing electric vehicles today," Doocy said. "This is a president who always talks about the power of our example. Does he own an electric vehicle?"

"Presidents of the United States don't do a lot of driving," Psaki replied.

"He's posted videos where he's revving the engine of his Corvette in Wilmington," Doocy countered. "He owns cars."

"And he also has driven electric vehicles as President," Psaki said, "to give a model to the rest of the country."

"Does he own one?"

"I think the president's record on this is clear," Psaki concluded. "Presidents of the United States, current and when they are no longer, typically don't do a lot of driving."

While the White House has long been committed to increasing America's use of green transportation, rising gas prices have caused them to ramp up efforts to push electric vehicles.

"When we have electric cars powered by clean energy," the White House said in a tweet, "we will never have to worry about gas prices again. And autocrats like Putin won’t be able to use fossil fuels as weapons against other nations."


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