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Conservative Washington Times Says POTUS Has United America Thanks to Putin Threat

Conservative Washington Times Says POTUS Has United America Thanks to Putin Threat

President Joe Biden is now polling higher than any point in his still relatively new presidency–thanks to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the conservative Washington Times reports. Recent polling from Politico/Morning Consult showed that although conservative voters would still blame the President for recent gasoline price hikes, far more respondents said they would place blame on Mr. Putin.

It’s unusual for a right-leaning outlet to laud a sitting Democratic President, but the WT lifts some of the country’s financial burdens from President Biden’s shoulders and places them squarely on those of the Russian dictator. The WT writes that ever since Putin invaded Ukraine more than a week ago, the national average for a gallon of regular gas has spiked nearly 30 cents, citing the AAA. “The U.S. imports nearly 700,000 barrels of oil each day from Russia,” the report says, “amounting to tens of millions of dollars per day flowing to Moscow’s massive energy sector that is helping fund Mr. Putin’s war.”

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While President Biden has already implemented sanctions on Russia as well as Putin himself, there is still opposition from the White House regarding a bipartisan push to implement a full embargo over concerns that Americans would face further pain at the pump. “We are mindful of minimizing the impacts on the public,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday. “Certainly, the rising price of oil and the impact on gas prices is one we are focused on.”

Even the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee indicated his criticism moving forward would be targeted toward the Russian leader. not the American President. “Critics of Mr. Biden’s energy policies, including efforts to limit domestic fossil fuel productions, will always exist, suggested Sen. James E. Risch (R-ID).  “Admittedly, when you get an upheaval like this, there’s always an uptick [in prices]. This isn’t our fault, this is Vladimir Putin’s fault, and that’s where the wrath should be,” Sen. Risch said. “I’m not speaking for all Republicans … I’m looking at where we are now, and how we’re going to go forward.”

The WT also says that Republicans have said that while President Biden “deserves blame” for inflation and high gasoline prices, Putin’s actions will now be the main culprit for continued rises in energy costs unless the president blocks efforts by Congress to ban Russian oil. “I’m placing the blame on Putin,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). “This is Putin’s war. Putin has chosen this. And he’s chosen as one of his tools — one of his weapons — energy.”

Read the full profile at The Washington Times.

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