Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy questioned Joe Biden’s Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre during Monday’s briefing about the effectiveness of the “Bidenomics” economic plan.
Doocy challenged Jean-Pierre on whether she genuinely believes that the American people are experiencing improvements in the economy. He specifically questioned the administration’s assertion that Americans celebrated lower prices during Thanksgiving, countering Jean-Pierre’s claims that prices of certain essential items had decreased. Doocy mockingly inquired:
“So, is it your sense that when people are home for Thanksgiving, catching up with their family members, they were saying to each other, ‘Can you believe how much more affordable things have gotten?’”
“So, honestly, I wouldn’t … I hear the question, but I want to make sure this is very clear,” Jean-Pierre responded.
“We take that very seriously.
“We take what families — the decisions that they make at their kitchen table, whether it’s at whether it’s during Thanksgiving or whether it is every month, as they’re trying to make hard decisions about how they move forward with taking care of their family — we take that very seriously,” Jean-Pierre continued.
“It’s not a joke to us, it is important to us.”
She reiterated the Biden administration’s assertions, insisting that “the economy is improving,” despite the potential challenges that American families may be facing.
“The fact is the data shows that the economy is improving,” she said.
“The data shows that households remain in a strong financial position.”
“But why do you think it is that when you say the economy is improving and President Biden says the economy is improving, that a majority of Americans outside of this building are not buying it?” Doocy pressed again.
Jean-Pierre attributed any ongoing economic challenges to President Donald Trump and his management of the COVID-19 pandemic. She then shifted focus, asserting that Biden’s American Rescue Plan had facilitated the reopening of small businesses and schools.
“We actually had to fix the problem that we saw, that the last administration left us.”
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— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) November 27, 2023