Biden says gas prices part of “transition” to be “less reliant on fossil fuels,” Time names DeSantis one of 100 most influential people, Sarah Sanders’ governor’s bid, and White House walks back Biden gaffe about Taiwan.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) summarized President Joe Biden’s remarks on skyrocketing as “they’re saying the quiet part out loud now,” the Daily Wire reported. Scalise added: “They’re causing you pain at the pump because it’s all part of their radical agenda.”
Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Tokyo on Monday, Biden said the soaring gas prices in the US are part of a deliberate “transition” to green energy, Zero Hedge reported.
“When it comes to the gas prices, we’re going through an incredible transition that is taking place that God willing when it’s over we’ll be stronger,” Biden said. “The world will be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuels when this is over.”
As of this writing on Tuesday morning, the national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the US was $4.598, according to AAA. The average for California was $6.06. Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Alaska, and Hawaii all had gas prices above $5, while Arizona, Illinois, and New York were just under $5. Many economists, as well as politicians already foresee gasoline prices reaching $6 this summer.
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has made headlines across the nation time and time again this year and now Time magazine has added him to its list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2022, WFLA8 reports.
The article in the magazine on DeSantis was written by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who wrote, “Despite relentless criticism, Governor Ron DeSantis kept schools open, ensured Florida’s economy remained open for business, and allowed individuals to determine their own risk tolerance. His approach works…unemployment remains below the national average, the private sector is growing, and Florida remains a national leader in school choice… DeSantis has demonstrated his environmental credentials with major investments…”
Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who served in the Trump administration for two years and is the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, is poised to win the Republican nomination for governor on Tuesday.
Sanders shattered fundraising records in Arkansas and her campaign ads have focused on President Joe Biden, national media, and other Trump targets rather than focusing on her opponents, ABC reports. She has also received Trump’s endorsement.
“As governor, I will say no to Biden and the radical left’s agenda,” Sanders said in one of her televised ads.
Her opponent for the Republican nomination is former talk radio host Doc Washburn, considered a long shot.
The front runner for the Democratic nomination is Chris Jones, a nuclear engineer and ordained minister, who will face his party opponents in a June 21 primary runoff.
At a press conference in Tokyo on Monday, a reporter asked President Joe Biden whether the United States would “get involved militarily to defend Taiwan.”
“Yes,” Biden replied. “That’s the commitment we made.”
The comments drew immediate, stark criticism from China.
The White House swiftly walked back Biden’s comments, The Washington Free Beacon reported, with a White House official telling CNN: “Our policy has not changed.”
The White House was referring to a treaty called the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, which does not require the U.S. to step in militarily to defend Taiwan if China invades. However, the agreement makes it US policy to ensure Taiwan has the resources to defend itself and prevent any unilateral change of status in Taiwan by Beijing, ABC reported.