President Biden announced that another 15 million barrels of oil would be released from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve on Wednesday. He denies that the move a strategic ploy to temporarily decrease gas river just a few weeks before midterm elections.
A reporter asked Biden at the White House “What is your response to Republicans who say you are only doing this SPR release to help Democrats in the midterms?”
The president brushed off the question at first, saying: “Where have they been in the last four months? That’s my response.”
Another journalist asked, “Is it politically motivated, sir? It’s three weeks before the midterms.”
“Look, it makes sense,” said Biden.
“I’ve been doing this for how long now? It’s not politically motivated at all,” he added. “It’s motivated to make sure that I continue to push on what I’ve been pushing on.”
“The problem is these guys are asleep,” Biden continued, referencing oil companies. “I don’t know where they’ve been. And they seem — you know, the price at the pump should reflect what the price of a barrel of oil costs.”