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.”
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.”
Many proponents of a Russian oil ban have argued that U.S. energy production could backfill the void and prevent a price hike, but energy market strategists have said otherwise. https://t.co/DaCpm4vtHi
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) March 5, 2022
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.”
This picture shows Putin is very scared of getting sick or dying. He’s not suicidal and will weigh costs and benefits. That’s why the U.S. and our allies must impose even more costs on Russia:
-Give planes and ucavs to Ukraine
-Sanction ALL Russian banks
-Stop buying Russian oil pic.twitter.com/fPhEnMmHz2
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 5, 2022
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.”
Met with a Russian-American today in #Livermore. She wanted me to know what I meant in calling for revoking student visas of Russians. I want to be clear: I want to sanction anyone connected to Putin’s oligarchs. And no one else. I’ve said that for last week. But want it clear.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) March 5, 2022
West shouldn't stop. Sanctions must continue & it's time to move to heavy artillery.
Today #Ukraine demands from the US, the UK, the EU, Canada, Japan, Korea & other countries to ban operations in #Russia & with #Russian counterparts.
Your delays lead to the murder of Ukrainians
— Inna Sovsun (@InnaSovsun) March 5, 2022
Read the full profile at The Washington Times.