President Joe Biden took a strange dig at a Fox News reporter who asked him whether abortion or the inflation was his ‘top domestic priority.’
The president may have sensed a trap: he has long called inflation his top priority, but Republicans have been hammering him on the issue, with a key price indicator 8 per cent above where it was last year despite his efforts. Meanwhile, his party has homed in on the Supreme Court’s abortion decision as a political winner as the elections approach.
‘Just to clarify for mid-term voters, top domestic issue: inflation or abortion,’ reporter Peter Doocy asked him at the end of an event on the infrastructure law and new U.S. manufacturing efforts.
‘They’re all important. Unlike you, there’s no one thing,’ Biden scolded Doocy, in an add turn of phrase.
‘Unlike you, there’s no one thing,’ President Joe Biden told Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy, who asked him if his top domestic priority was inflation or abortion
‘It crosses the board, domestic – ask me about foreign policy, too. There’s multiple, multiple, multiple issues and and we ought to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time, you know that old expression,’ Biden told him, as White House handlers thanked the press and tried to shutter the event.
His response came a day after Doocy put the same question to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
She used the opportunity to blast the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, which overturned Roe v. Wade.
Biden appeared to take another shot at Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy. He apologized last year after calling him a ‘stupid son of a b***’
Democrats have been hammering Republicans over the Supreme Court’s decision striking down Roe v. Wade in the runup to the elections
‘The President is going to continue to talk about issues that matter to the American people, and abortion is one of them. A majority of the American people disagree with the decision that — that the Supreme Court made – the Dobbs decision. That is – a majority of the people disagreed with that,’ she said.
‘When it comes to the economy, the President has made it very, very clear. When it comes to inflation, it is the – his number-one economic priority, and he is doing everything that he can to make sure that we lower prices for the American people,’ she said.
Biden and Doocy have tussled in the past, with the president calling to apologize earlier this year after he called Doocy a ‘stupid son of a b****.’
The clash came at an event where Biden announced the administration was pushing out $2.8 billion to 20 U.S. companies as part of the law to boost battery manufacturing for electric vehicles and to improve the grid.
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm also appeared at the event, with each sitting at a separate desk. Biden sat in front of a screen that said ‘Future made in America.’ It also featured images of buses, batteries, and vehicles.
‘Look at that screen – pretty good,’ Biden said of the props.
‘So great,’ said Granholm.
‘It’s been a rough four or five years for the country. But a lot of folks here are still struggling. But there are some real bright spots – 10 million new jobs have been created, just since my presidency began.’
He also pointed to 3.5 per cent unemployment and nearly 700,000 manufacturing jobs created.
‘Where in the heck is it written that we can’t be the manufacturing hub of the world?’ he said.
He called the infrastructure law, which he has been touting at public events around the country, a ‘once-in-a-generation investment.’
‘The future of vehicles is electric. But the battery is a key part of that electric vehicle. And right now 75 per cent … of that battery manufacturing is done in China.’
Participating by zoom were executives that are part of the effort to boost manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles.
The clash came in Biden’s second public event of the day.
Earlier, he denied he was releasing more oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as a political move to bring down gas prices ahead of the midterm election.
‘It’s not politically motivated at all,’ he told reporters at the White House of his decision to release 15 million barrels.
He got in a swipe at Republicans, asking: ‘Where have they been the last four months?’
‘When the cost of oil comes down, we should see the price of the gas station at the pump come down as well. That’s how it’s supposed to work. But that’s not what’s happening,’ he said.
‘Bring down the price you charge at the pump to reflect what you pay for the product. You still make a significant profit,’ he told oil companies. Your shareholders will still do very well and the American people will catch a break they deserve and get a fair price at the pump as well.’