Doocy spars with Karine Jean-Pierre over Biden’s claim the economy is ‘strong as hell’

Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy was back at it this week, almost single-handedly holding the Biden administration accountable for the misinformation being hoisted on the American people.

At Tuesday’s press briefing, Doocy sparred with White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who had the unenviable position of trying to defend President Joe Biden’s remark that the U.S. economy is “strong as hell” amid reports of a certain recession — the president’s spokesperson tried to fall back on a “strong” job market.

“You said he’s been working on the economy every day for 19 months,” Doocy began, speaking of Biden. “Now Bloomberg economists are forecasting a 100% chance of a recession — so how is it that we can be barreling towards a recession and the economy is, as the president says, ‘Strong as hell?'”

“So here’s the thing about the economy, and I’ve said this many times,” Jean-Pierre replied. “You’ve heard this from Secretary Yellen. You’ve heard this from Brian Deese, who runs our Economic Council — is that what we are seeing right now is the job market is strong, the labor force is strong. And that is not what we see usually before a recession.”

“And a lot of that is because of the work that this president has done,” she continued. “We are seeing an economy that is resilient. We are seeing an economy that is going through — into a transition with more stable growth, more steady growth. And that is because of the work that this president has done; that is because of the economic policy that he has put forward.”

Jean-Pierre went on about how they are building the economy “from the bottom to the top and the middle out. And that is so important because it means that we leave no one behind. It means that there’s equity at everything that he puts forward.” She also said the country is “going to hear from the president about gas prices. That’s, again, trying to make sure that we continue to keep prices low for the American people.”

Doocy followed up on that to highlight the hypocrisy at play with the policy there.

“If President Biden keeps going to the petroleum reserves when there are energy problems, is he giving up on his campaign pledge to end fossil fuel?” the Fox News reporter asked.

“So I want to be very clear on that piece. You know, there is no shortage of opportunity or incentive for oil companies to ramp up production. We’ve made that clear. Oil companies are ranking [raking] in record profits,” Jean-Pierre responded, following up on the attack on Big Oil with a claim that the United States “has produced more oil in President Biden’s first year than under the Trump administration’s first year.”

In effect, making Doocy’s point for him.

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