U.S. President Joe Biden has been criticized for stating that the U.S. economy is “strong as hell” as inflation rises to a 40-year high. Meanwhile, the White House claims that Biden understands and “has done the work” to fix the inflation issue.
Joe Biden Believes the U.S. Economy Is ‘Strong as Hell’
President Joe Biden was criticized on social media Monday for stating over the weekend that the U.S. economy is “strong as hell.”
Responding to a reporter’s question Saturday about whether he had any worry about the strength of the U.S. dollar amid rising inflation, Biden replied while eating ice cream at a Baskin-Robbins in Portland, Oregon:
I’m not concerned about the strength of the dollar. I’m concerned about the rest of the world. Our economy is strong as hell.
“Inflation is worldwide. It’s worse off than it is in the United States,” he continued. “So the problem is the lack of economic growth and sound policy in other countries, not so much ours.”
Many people took to Twitter to disagree with Biden, reminding the president that many Americans are struggling. Some people tweeted, “reality says otherwise,” pointing out that the S&P 500 is down more than 25% so far this year.
Congressman Lance Gooden (R-TX) tweeted that in reality “65% of Americans say the economy is getting worse.” Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, referenced a recent CNN poll stating that 78% of Americans say the economy is “poor.” A U.S. House candidate from Texas, Wesley Hunt, tweeted a list of items that have gone up in price, including fuel, airline fares, eggs, gas, and food.
Commenting on Biden’s remark that the U.S. economy is “strong as hell,” former Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli opined: “It’s totally not valid, it’s not correct, it’s a misstatement … and it is luring our people into complacency … We are suffering out there … We gotta start seeing the world the way it is.”
White House Claims Biden ‘Has Done the Work’ to Fix Inflation Issue
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre reportedly stated during Monday’s press briefing at the White House that President Biden has “done the work” to fix the inflation issue. Responding to a reporter’s question, she said:
The president understands … that inflation is an issue, high costs is an issue for the American people, and so he’s been very clear about making that his number one economic priority. And he has done the work.
In September, Biden was slammed for stating that inflation had not spiked for months. In August, he was criticized for claiming that the U.S. economy had 0% inflation. In June, the Biden administration was accused of propaganda and redefining the technical definition of a recession.
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