“We can’t take immediate action that I’m aware of yet to figure out how we’re bringing down the prices of gasoline back to $ 3 一加仑. And we can’t do that immediately with regard to food prices either,” 他说.
He pointed to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the ensuing effect on energy and grain, as the culprit.
“We’re in a situation where because of a war in Ukraine, gas prices and food prices are extremely high,” 他说.
“例如, we got millions of tons of wheat that is not able to get out and get to market. It’s causing everything from a loaf of bread to cost so much money, to food shortages all across the world,” 他说. “And so we’re trying to work through a war, we’re trying to work through how we can get that harbor opened. And get the, 你懂, tens of thousands of tons of grain that are there.”
“The same with gasoline,” 他接着说. “We have the issue that is occurring now, you have Europe deciding they’re going to further curtail the purchase of Russian oil and there’s a whole lot of consideration going on about what can be done to maybe even purchase the oil even at a limited price so that it has to be sold, overwhelming need for the Russians to sell it, and it would be sold at a significantly lower price than the market is generating now.”
Biden said instead of direct action to bring down gas or food prices, he was looking to ease financial burden in other areas, like drugs and child care.
“But we can compensate by providing for other necessary costs for families by bringing those down. That reduces the inflation for that family,” 他说.
He said he would discuss the issue further on Thursday.