US president echos Ukrainian rhetoric while trying to blame Moscow on record-breaking inflation
Joe Biden, the US president accused Russia of being guilty. “genocide”In Ukraine on Tuesday as part of a speech made in Iowa to encourage corn-based Ethanol to help lower gas prices in the face of a record 40 year inflation.
“Your family budget, your ability to fill up your tank, none of it should hinge on whether a dictator declares war and commits genocide half a world away,”Biden spoke in Menlo (Iowa), about 45 miles west from Des Moines. The hamlet of some 300 residents is located next to a factory producing bioethanol from corn – something the White House is trying to encourage now in order to combat the rising fuel prices, for which it blames Russia.
“I’m doing everything within my power by executive orders to bring down the price and address the Putin price hike,” Biden said, using his administration’s talking point about the 48% spike in prices at the pump since March 2021.
This is Biden’s first officially recorded use of “genocide”To describe the current conflict in Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian President, claimed that Bucha’s mass killings were genocide. Russia is to blame.
The first time that Pres. Biden refers to Putin’s conduct in Ukraine as “genocide”, for the first time.”Your family budget, your ability to fill up your tank, none of it should on hinge on whether a dictator declares war and commits genocide half a world away.” https://t.co/rjiJcYgnPhpic.twitter.com/vzs64c0J7G
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 12, 2022
Biden answered the question on April 4th, when asked. “No, I think it is a war crime.”
Jake Sullivan, Jake’s national security advisor told reporters later that it was a complicated process of determining whether genocide is occurring and that the US had taken steps to prevent that from happening. “not yet seen a level of systematic deprivation of life of the Ukrainian people to rise to the level of genocide,”But that’s not the point. “something we will continue to monitor.”
Biden calls Vladimir Putin the Russian President “war criminal” in mid-March, prompting the Kremlin to denounce such rhetoric as “unacceptable and unforgivable”Arriving from another country “whose bombs killed hundreds of thousands of people around the world.”
As economic data at home became more grim, the US President has intensified his rhetoric toward Russia. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the March inflation report showed that the Consumer Price Index rose 8.5% in March. This is the highest level since 1981. Prices for gas rose by 18% compared to the previous month and by 48% since March 2021. However, food prices increased by 8.8% which was the largest increase in the past five years.
While blaming this all on Russia’s decision to send troops into Ukraine, the White House is reportedly sending another $750 million worth of US weapons to Kiev, Reuters reported on Tuesday citing anonymous officials. The equipment – including heavy artillery – would come from US military stock and not require congressional approval, the report said.
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