WH correspondent says Biden stalled bipartisan bill to ban Russian oil, Congress members felt ‘rolled’

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President Joe Biden announced a ban on Russian oil and gas imports on Tuesday buckling to intense bipartisan pressure to block them and suspend trade relations with the communist country over President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

“That means Russian oil will no longer be acceptable at U.S. ports and the American people will deal another powerful blow to Putin’s war machine,” Biden unconvincingly asserted during remarks given at the White House.

“This is a move that has strong bipartisan support in Congress and I believe in the country,” he noted, never hinting at the accusation that he reportedly tried to stall the move over the weekend. “Americans have rallied to support the Ukrainian people and made it clear we will not be part in subsidizing Putin’s war,” he said.

White House correspondent and fill-in anchor for Fox News Jacqui Heinrich tweeted just before Biden’s announcement that there was intense back and forth about the ban, according to her sources.

“Biden stalled bipartisan bill to ban Russian oil. A source close to the process tells me that the House Ways and Means Committee worked all weekend in a bipartisan manner to develop a bill to ban all Russian oil imports…” she tweeted on Tuesday.

Heinrich went on to allege that Biden also personally thwarted a bipartisan effort by the Ways and Means committee to remove Russia from its ‘favored nation’ status on tariffs.

Henrich said members of both parties felt ‘rolled’ by the White House, and sure enough, Biden would announce a ban on Russian energy imports after all of the reported weekend turmoil.

Henrich’s reporting was met with both praise and support, but perhaps the next tweet sums it up the response best:

What we do know for sure, is that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for “boycotts of Russian exports, namely refusal from oil and oil products from Russia” on Monday.

“If the invasion continues and Russia does not change its plans, then the new sanctions package is needed,” Zelenskyy declared. “New sanctions steps against the war, for the sake of peace.”

He called for “boycotts of Russian exports, namely refusal from oil and oil products from Russia.”

Shell Oil formally announced on Tuesday that it would stop buying Russian crude oil and close its station in the country. This happens the same day as gas prices hit a record all-time high in the United States according to National Review.

Biden laid the groundwork for even higher gas prices stating that banning Russian oil is “not without cost at home.”

“Putin’s war is already hurting American families at the gas pump,” he proclaimed and warned that the ban will increase gas prices.

The president asserted, “It’s simply not true that my administration or policies are holding back domestic energy production.”

He took virtually no responsibility for the 40-year-high rampant inflation in the United States and the skyrocketing gas prices. Instead, he blamed Russia for all of it in the speech he gave on Tuesday.

Former President Donald Trump, unfortunately, predicted the massive gas price hike if Biden were elected president. In 2020, he said, “If Biden got in, you’d be paying $7, $8, $9, then they’d say, ‘get rid of your car.'”


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