Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday the Biden administration is not going to stop importing oil and gas from Russia because it will hurt U.S. consumers.
Speaking out of both sides of his mouth, Blinken was responding to a question from “CBS Evening News” host Norah O’Donnell.
“Russia’s economy is fueled by gas, and the U.S. is a consumer. So, would the U.S. consider cutting off oil and gas purchases from Russia?” she asked in a clip posted by Newsbusters managing editor Curtis Houck.
“Well, what we’re doing, Norah, across the board, is making sure that we inflict maximum pain on Russia for what President Putin has done, while minimizing any of the pain to us,” Blinken said.
“We’re in full coordination with other countries, both consumers and producers alike, to minimize any impact that this may have on energy prices and on gasoline,” he added.
Many online were quick to point out how this policy from Biden is undermining the sanctions and allowing Russia to benefit from the attack in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Biden has made it a signature part of his presidency cutting off domestic oil production.