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CNN Capitol Hill reporter Melanie Zanona said on Sunday in “Inside Politics” that Democrats have been “privately panicking” over President Biden’s inflation reports for several months.
“Inside Politics” host Abby Philip asked Zanona about a meeting the Democrats had with assistants in the White House on Hill last week. “How did it go?” she asked.
“Not good, to put it mildly, listen, Democrats, they’ve panicked privately. They’ve been saying for months, back in December, they started pushing the White House to get inflation, start talking about this problem. , “Zanona sa.
Inflation rose to 8.6% in May, reaching another 40-year high.
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She said it had pressured Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to get bills on the House floor, “even if it only sends votes,” in an attempt to show voters that they are trading on it.
When officials came to the ground, they asked Congress to “blame other people, blame corporate greed, start talking about what we do legislatively to talk about these issues,” according to Zanona.
She said the Democrats did not feel “armed” with a method of reporting inflation after the meeting, adding that officials were late for the meeting.
“Never good to show up late for such a meeting,” Phillip said. Another panelist said it was “on notice”.
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Wall Street Journal reporter Tarini Parti said earlier in the segment that the president was trying to put a positive spin on the poor economic numbers by doubting that a recession was not inevitable. She compared it to the administration’s early reports of inflation, when the president and the administration said that inflation was “temporary” and that it would decline after a few months.
Biden said in an interview with the Associated Press on Thursday that a recession was not “inevitable.”
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He also said that the idea that the US rescue plan caused inflation was “bizarre”.
“Of course it did not happen, so you see that the White House is trying its best at this point months before the midterm elections to really try to find a foothold in inflation reports, but it really remains to be seen if it will work because voters are struggling every day. “Gas prices, with food prices. So a kind of setback from the president can only go so far,” said Parti.
New York Times correspondent Jonathan Martin said high gas prices, inflation and more would be difficult for Biden to overcome.
“I think the frustration the Democrats have is that the Biden people have known this for several months now, and that there is still no clear plan to confront it beyond trying to turn the table to the GOP, but even Biden does not do it consistently. there is another frustration too, “he continued.
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The party also noted that the president has been slow to act and make decisions.
The Democrats were frustrated “because he’s so slow to figure out these things, not just tariffs but also student loans. He’s been a little slow with that,” she said.
The president and his administration have consistently blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin and the COVID-19 pandemic for inflation and high gas prices.