tv New Day With John Berman and Brianna Keilar CNN May 10, 2022 4:00am-5:00am PDT
good morning to viewers here in the u.s. and around the world. it's tuesday, may 10th. i'm brianna keilar with john berman. we do begin with americans on edge this morning, as economic anxiety is growing across the country. gas prices hitting another new record this morning. $4.37 a gallon, this coming as prices from everything from greshries to plane tickets continues to rise because of inflation. in the meantime, stocks also taking hits amid the uncertainty. and americans are seeing higher interest rates. today, president biden is set to deliver what is being billed as a major address on his plans for inflation. and a preview suggests he will also attack republicans for their plans. we're going to begin, though, with rising gas prices which as we mentioned just hit a new all-time nominal high. >> let's go to cnn's pete
muntean live for us in cincinnati. pete, what are you seeing? >> reporter: you know, brianna, the global market being felt in neighborhoods like this one, $4.09 in cincinnati. that's actually a lot lower than the new record high. the national average for a gallon of regular, $4.37, according to aaa. that broke the previous record set back on march 11th. $4.33. we have not seen numbers that high since july of 2008. this is going up so fast. think about where we were a week ago. $4.20, a year ago. seems like a distant memory. it was $2.69. you know, aaa says this is all being driven by a rise in brent crude prices. but also being driven by the war in ukraine, uncertainty in europe. and suppliers really not picking up their production since the depths of the pandemic. listen to aaa offering no predictions on when we hit gas of $4.50 nationwide.
but they are saying it is a distinct possibility. >> it's entirely possible that the upward pressure on gasoline prices is going to continue because the war certainly doesn't look like it's going anywhere. but summer driving season is just kicking in. warmer weather, longer days. people are going to be out on the roads. more demand for gasoline. >> reporter: you know, it seems like everything is getting more and more expensive, john and brianna. folks here in cincinnati, with gas buddy, they could be going across the border that kentucky to try to find the cheapest gas. but aaa says really not all that good an idea. you drive all that way you're not going to save the money. >> that is the rub. pete muntean, thank you for the report from cincinnati. we do appreciate it. this morning, president biden is set to address the nation on inflation and try to outline steps to get it under control.
cnn's chief business correspondent christine romans with us now. ro romans, just a lot on the table. >> you know, john, i can't remember a more difficult complicated set of factor at play at at once with no road map. deutsche bank puts it this way, we live in the most chaotic hard to predict macro economic times in decades. ubs signals market signals are high. a bunch of reasons, one of them, a pandemic broke global supply chains. fixing it hasn't been easy. the cool inflation of feds raising interest rates fast. after years of ultra low interest rates that is a shock for investors and borrowers. a year, a year of stock market gains have been wiped out. the broad s&p 500 already down 16%. it's a wreck for tech stocks. the nasdaq, john, the nasdaq has lost a quarter of its value.
and another shock, vladimir putin in ukraine, worsening the inflation problem. still the job market is strong. the 50-year low, a record 11.5 jobs, wages are rising especially for job hoppers. and, you guys, consumers literally can't spend all the stuff they want to spend their money on. covid and inflation fatigued wipes out everything pop what can do about inflation. some options, drop president trump's china tariffs on goods. that this would be clothes and bicycles. the u.s. temporarily lifted steel tariffs on ukraine. you could end the jones act or temporarily stop that would allow non-u.s. vessels to carry oil shipments. and to help worker shortages, you could boost immigrant worker visas. there's no silver bullet.
frankly, you need congress to do more, right? address the affordable housing. by the way in an election, midterm election year, john. >> look, there are no easy answers which is why inflation is always such an inflation when it creeps up during an administration. christine romans thank you for that. we should note, we will speak to the white house coming up. in ukraine, pounding away in the vital port city of odesa, firing hypersonic missiles at a shopping mall and hotels killing at least one person. in kharkiv, a civilian convoy was attacked. several killed. video shows the scene after vehicles tried to escape. and new drone video shows a russian tank being targeted in the kharkiv region where that convoy was fired upon. and the presence along the border in kharkiv, to protect against a ukrainian
counteroffensive that has gained ground around the city. >> bodies of 44 civil januarys discovered in the rubble of a five-story building in izyum under russian control. ukrainians say the building was destroyed by the russians. in mariupol, several hundred soldiers are holding out in the azovstal steel plant. at least 100, mostly men, are still trapped there. you can see the flag flying over the plant. cnn cannot verify in the flag is still is there. >> and a senior official tells cnn that anecdotal reports show that some russian officers are refusing to obey orders to move forward in the donbas offensive. some of these officers have either refused to obey orders or not obeying them with the same measure of alacrity it that you would expect an officer to obey. >> joining us a retired major
general james "spider" marks. general marks, what do you make of this? what does it tell you about russian leadership? >> well, what it really tells you what we've been talking abe for of the past two months, which is there is no leadership at the top measures. and the back bone, the skeletal structure. if you're working for leadership like that, i've got to tell you, i'd bug out and tell my colleagues to do the same thing. there's no trust. and based on the track record over the course of the past two months, the russians have not done well at all, when they engaged ukrainians in close combat, they lose. so that's what we're seeing, primarily in this area right now. we thought at this point there would be these conventional tank battles where the ukrainians would push back against the russians. and the russians would move these formations. it's not happening, primarily for what i just said, the
russians are afraid to engage in this type of combat with ukrainians at this point because they've learned a lesson. they don't do well. >> spider, in the anecdotal reports these are from us officials saying that the russians are not obeying orders. i just wonder, if that happens wouldn't the russian military just crumble? what would it look like if you see officers and noncomes disobeying orders? >> clearly, on our perception, if you had that type of morale in formation, there would be a significant, significant problem at the heart of that organization. you don't see that in western or u.s. military organizations because we grow these noncommissioned officers. what the russians are realizing is they have this big gap between the senior colonels and generals and then the pirate pr trying to execute these tasks. you either have two options,
either beat them over the head, which you have fratricide, you startyour soldiers and the second is what the russians are doing, they back off, they don't engage. they start firing missiles and rockets indiscriminately, they go after schools and hotels, this is their tactic to try to achieve success on the ground. >> tell us what you're seeing in odesa. >> yeah, what's interesting about owe december sashgs first of al odesa that makes it important. they've got to get to this point over to moldova. they've got to be able to achieve odesa. so what they've done over the course of the last couple of days they've fired onyx missiles, anti-cruise missiles they go after specific targets but it's the wrong target and wrong weapons system to be used.
what the russians could use which they've demonstrated which is are tartillery and rocket fire. and it land where is it lands but they're using anti-ship cruise missiles against stationary targets. this goes against additional attempt to erode ukrainian morale and that will to exist which so far the russians have failed. >> general marks, thank you for walking us through that. >> thanks, brianna. overnight, a dramatic and deadly end to the 11-day manhunt for an alabama inmate charged with capital murder and the former corrections officer accused in aiding in his escape. casey white was arrested monday after a police pursuit ended in a crash in indiana. vicky white died after being taken into custody and hospitalized with self-inflicted gunshot wounds. cnn's miguel marquez joins us live from evansville, indiana, where this all ended.
miguel. >> reporter: yeah, 11 days and about 250 miles is all they made, despite making lots and lots of plans. authorities very shocked they spent so much time here in evansville, we have a new picture of casey white booked into the vandenberg county facility overnight. all of this came from a tip at a car wash sunday in the evansville area. and it allowed authorities to zero in on them and started to watch them. they were able to connect to the car and the hotel. under surveillance. vicky was seen leaving the hotel in a wig at one point. and once they gave chase to them, they took off. and the car crashed a short time later. when the deputies that rolled -- it rolled over. and when authorities went to arrest the whites, casey white said help my wife. help my wife. as far as we know, as far as authorities know, they were
never and are not married. but she had, according to u.s. marshals shot herself in the head. and she was taken to the hospital, survived for a bit but then died overnight as well. he will be transferred back to alabama to a different facility that he was in before. but a nationwide manhunt now comes to an end here in evansville. back to you. >> all right. miguel marquez, thank you so much for that. and joining us now is the former attorney for casey white, dale bryant. he represented casey white from 2019 through early 2020 for the 2015 crime spree that landed casey white 75 years in prison. dale, thank you for being with us. i just wonder what you're thinking about how this all ended. >> good morning, thanks for having me. my first thought was i was happy that it didn't end as violently as i thought it would. we are definitely sad that vicky white took her life at the end
of that. but i'm happy no one else was injured in that apprehension. >> so, as i mentioned you represented casey white from 20 n between and 2020. this had to do with a carjacking and a police chase. can you tell us about casey white, what was his state of mind when you were working with him? >> well so, when i worked with casey, he had been incarcerated for many years. he was medicated on the anti-psychotic medication, dealing with him at that time he was a pretty rational reasonable human being at that time. however, watching the video of his apprehension, of his interview with law enforcement at that time, he was a completely different person back when he was off his medication. and high on meth amphetamines.
>> i mean, what you would expect of his state of mind when he was in prison and this relationship transpired between he and vicky white, do you have any insight into whether he was the mastermind in this? what do you think? >> well, originally, my thought was there was no way that casey planned this escape. it was too methodical, it was too planned out. most of casey's crimes were all in the moment, heat of passion, not very thoroughly thought out. but now that this is over, it looks like it was well thought out for the escape but nothing else was. i mean, they had an entire eight-hour head start two days before it became a national manhunt, and they only made it to indiana. so, they had clothes for him. they had -- at least, one
vehicle, maybe more than one. they had most of it planned out which made me think that casey was not the mastermind but everything fits the escape. leans more towards something that was sporadic, spontaneous, not well thought out, which after the escape seems to be more of what casey normally does. >> do you get the sense that maybe vicky white orchestrated the escape. after that, casey was sort of driving? >> it definitely feels that way because, again, the escape was very well planned. it was very well executed. it was a lot of preparation leading up to it. but once they got -- once he was out of the facility, i mean, for 11 days, and they only made it to evansville, indiana which is about a six-hour drive from florence, alabama, where he escaped from. it doesn't show much planning. and they stayed in hotels or
motels. they left a vehicle in a spot with security footage. so it doesn't show much forethought on what happened once leaving the lauderdale county jail. >> dale, you have unique insight. we do appreciate you sharing it with us. dale bryant, thank you. >> thank you. a growing divide over that leaked opinion on abortion rights. some democrats saying conservative justices misled them under oath. plus, as covid rises across the country, dr. sanjay gupta is here to answer your questions. and the u.s. military intensifying weapons training for ukrainian forces but those on the ground say the efforts are falling short. bonnie boon i'm calling you out. everybody be cool, alright? we've got bonnie right here on a a video call. we don't take kindly to video calls. oh, in t that case just tap to send a message. we don't take kikindly to messages neither. in that case how 'boutut a ringcentral phone call. we don't take kindly to no... would you can it eugene! let's just hear her out. ha ha ha, i've been needing a new horse.
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planned parenthood versus casey. it's been reaffirmed many times, casey is precedent on precedent which itself is an important factor. >> a fetus is not a person for purposes of the 14th amendment. and the book explains that. >> do you accept that? >> that's the law of the land. i accept the law of the land, senator, yes. >> there needs to be a special justification for overruling the prior press sarprecedent. >> joining us now jeffrey toobin and jennifer rodgers. jennifer, i guess i'm confused about this debate or discussion. is senator gillibrand, do you think, truly surprised that these supreme court justices want to overturn perhaps roe v. wade? >> well, john, it's hard to imagine she's surprised sitting watching the confirmation hearings for years and what they'll do about it. that's the issue here. what are you going to do with
this precedent, other than consider it seriously as the justices to-be claim. i don't think she's asking for anything like investigation or perjury which wouldn't go anywhere, anyway. i think she's just complaining about the fact that these justices did mislead people in the sense that -- you know, the npr says that roe is egregiously wrong from the start. that suggests that the justices knew what they know about roe which isn't surprising knowing how high profile it is. and at the time saying considering it as precedent and wouldn't overturn it to that extent, she's right. >> it's important to remember the political context here is that roe v. wade and abortion rights is popular. and the swing vote in the senate, especially susan collins, are at least publicly pro-choice. so, they needed her vote. that's really what went on here is that brett kavanaugh in
particular, needs susan collins' vote, so he had to appeal to her. and if you listen to all of those quotes, it was kavanaugh who was the most empathically defending the roe v. wade precedent, in order to get susan collins' vote, which he did. now, i think most of us who were following the kavanaugh nomination knew that it was all a lie. that kavanaugh was being put on the court to overturn roe v. wade because that's what president trump said that's he was doing. but somehow, susan collins was convinced by this charade. and voted to confirm him. and now we see, apparently, what the results are. >> jennifer, i don't know exactly what was said behind closed doors between justice kavanaugh and senator susan collins. but his testimony right there, he did not say i will never vote to overturn roe v. wade. he just said that precedent is important. and precedent upon precedent is
even more important. >> right, which means absolutely nothing. the impression sa dent of the supreme court is the precedent of the supreme court until it decides it's not. they said something that you can point to that is actually technically a lie or perjury or anything like that. what they really did is say a whole lot of nothing which is what you have to do to get through these hearings. >> berman, i don't know if you recognize, but all of these nominees are lawyers. and lawyers know how to use words in careful ways so that they're not exactly lying. and all the words that were quoted there, no one said, that, you know, i will vote to reaffirm roe v. wade. but they certainly left that implication. but that's all they did. so there wasn't then an explicit lie. it was lawyer talk. >> i just think it may be a situation where there may be senators, or in this case, one senator, who allows themselves to believe something. and is that on the people testifying?
because, you know -- wasn't ruth bader ginsburg -- i mean, we haven't had -- there haven't been out-and-out yes and no answers for confirmations in a long time. >> you're never going to get that, because they all say, even when pressed on what will you do in this particular area? they all say, well, i have to keep an open mind. i think can't prejudge anything. it will depend on the facts of the case before me. you're never going to get that kind of certainty. i don't know what they expect from the process. you'll never get a yes and no answer. >> it really goes back to 1997, with robert bork, robert bork did engage with senators about the substance of law. and talked about his opposition to abortion rights in much more explicit terms than any subsequent nominee. and they have all taken the lesson to not answer questions after that. in any sort of direct way. and so, senators now hear what they want to hear. and they answer the political call that they feel they have
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warning that the u.s. could potentially see 100 million covid-19 infections this fall and winter if congress doesn't shore up additional resources. joining us now is cnn chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta to talk about this. sanjay, what does it mean if we're just starting to see the start of another surge? >> well, i mean, this is a potentially an opportunity to be prepared. i mean, these are models that are looking at and anticipating what potentially lies ahead. and they're specifically focused on a five-month period, really october through sort of march of next year. october of this year through march of next year. where they're saying we could see potentially 100 million new cases so that would be a significant surge. as part of that, they're saying the lessons we have learned if you have testing, enough testing, every home has plenty of testing, people know and they are positive, you can stay home. if you have vaccines, even variant-specific vaccines, some of which are now being worked on and you have plenty of masks. we may have to wear masks
indoors during times of significant surges. then you can help blunt a significant surge like that. so, i think that's really the message that we're hearing. we have to sort of anticipate now. you know, we're in a very different position, 2 1/2 years ago, but how do you best use the lessons and tools that we have now. >> when i saw that news, sanjay, 100 million cases, 2 1/2 years into this, 100 million, is that really possible? >> yeah, i mean, to give you some context, if you look at a flu season, for example, during that same time period, respiratory time period, you might get about 20% of the country infected so, you know, closer to 50, 60 million people, potentially. so, you know, these can be very, very contagious viruses, but, john, the thing that's also important to point out. you look at the northeast as an example. take this as an example. the last 11 days where we've had significant surge, increase in cases. you see what's happening there,
cases are going up. again, this is an example of how things might look going forward. if you look at that same period time and look at deaths, despite the cases going up, at least so far, deaths have mostly been coming down during that time period. there's this decoupling. we're not seeing the same death rates as infections as you saw before. northeast has a high level of boosters as well. people are more likely to be vaccinated and receive their boosters up there, and that probably makes a huge difference. in the country overall, 100 million people have gotten the third shot. making them up to date. 10 million people have gotten a fourth shot. in the places where they got that fourth shot, they are more protected. that's another lesson. that's something we got to pay attention to, especially as we go into late summer, early fall. >> so, if you have millions of americans who have gotten boosters at this point, i assume that is not enough. >> well, you know, we know that the boosters, the third shot,
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moments ago, the u.s. ambassador to the united nations wrapped up a speech in brussels. let's get to kylie atwood live in brussels with a new and windy brussels i should note, kylie, there's a new commitment from the united states. why don't you explain what was said there. >> reporter: yeah, that's right. $800 million in new humanitarian aid that the ambassador to the united nations, linda thomas-greenfield announced for syria. and what she said today, that is going to go to syrians displaced by the ongoing civil war that's lasted over a decade, john. she also called on the need to maintain the corridor from turkey to syria that allowed that humanitarian support to continue going into the country. there is only one of those corridor that is still open. and that agreement to keep it open is going to expire in july.
there are concerns about russians essentially blocking that corridor from remaining open. so that's going to be a focus at the united nations for her when she goes back to new york. and she also said that this renewed humanitarian support for the crisis in syria is not going to impact the ongoing u.s. support for ukrainians and of course the ongoing crisis there. and she did talk about president biden calling on congress to act swiftly, to act immediately. to pass that supplemental funding bill that will allow the u.s. support for the ukrainian crisis to be continued. and she said, essentially, that she believes that congress, given their bipartisan support for how president biden has approached this conflict, does under just how high the stakes are. listen to what she said this morning. >> both sides have been supportive of the president's initiative. and i think that they all understand that if we are not
there to continue that support, what it would mean for the ukrainian effort to defend themselves against the russians. >> reporter: and, of course, we know that the amount of funding that the biden administration currently has is going to run out in about ten days. so, time is of the essence here. and ambassador thomas-greenfield said that this money is necessary to make sure that ukrainians are able to continue defending their democracy and their people. john. >> look, the aid package is a huge aid package and there does seem to be a push in washington to get it through quickly. kylie atwood in brussels, thank you so much. the u.s. military is ramping up its weapons training for ukrainian forces but those on the ground say they're looking basic items like batteries, tools and even manuals that are written in ukrainian. we're joined now by anton, he's
a ukrainian-american volunteer who trained ukrainians on these systems. anton, thank you so much. you're joining us from houston but you're just back from ukraine where you spent time in the east. you can tell us what you find to be the biggest challenge for ukrainian forces who were trainly especially on javelins? >> thanks for having me. being there on the ground, the things that we saw, the needs that we saw was really that -- really, really grateful for the west supplying multiple varieties of anti-tank systems, and we're really grateful for that. one of the problems we ran into is that the minister assigning those items, they didn't know how to use them. and the training that came with them. they gave the javelins, gave the rockets. didn't say how many batteries you were supposed to have. didn't give rechargeable
batteries to practice. there are a lot of gaps there. this is something like me and other people have filled the gaps in the last months. >> has it's been rectified now? are the forces on the front line, do they have the weapons they need and do they know how to use them? >> just months of work -- like i said, there's more people like me. there's hundreds of people like me that go around the country and help them any way they can. we've trained over 120 javelin operator s, as well as trainers and trainers that multiply that knowledge as far as they can go. and as transslated the manual and help ukrainians get their hands on that. mark abrams is a friend of mine, working together, and lobbying, to his senators to increase the amount of training equipment that's going to hit the country. so, we're hoping that's really going to take root and make a
big difference. >> we had mark on the program last week, and the pentagon watched the interview with interest, they said. so, they'll probably watch this one, anton with interest as well. can you -- if you were talking to they feel, specifically, and you wanted to tell them the things that ukrainians needed, whether it was a manual that was in ukrainian and issue so they aren't using google translate for a highly technical manual, what would your list include? even if coordination with the ukrainians to make sure certain thing accompany these weapons systems, what would you tell them? >> there's already an existing program out there for ukrainian troops to train them. however, that's not the most effective way to do this. the most effective way is to have mobile training teams, people like myself, volunteers not associated with the military or anything like that. we come, we go where the troops are. we provide them the training on
the spot within ten kilometers from the front line. then they pick up those weapons. they head straight to the line and they're ready to start making a difference. that's the most effective way. say, you took 100 guys and split them into teams of two and made 50 mobile teams. you can travel -- in two weeks you can hit every major battalion from the front lines. and you can provide them that vital training. >> well, it sounds like you were pretty close to the action and you learned a lot about the ukrainian forces. what have you learned about the russian and their capabilities? >> that's an excellent question. it is my personal belief, and i'm a civilian, so take that with a grain of salt, it's my personal belief that the russian army is incredibly incompetent. incredibly. if they couldn't kill a civilian like me, that's why they struggle. that's why they struggle to advance. that's why they're dying by the hundreds every day. and the only reason why they
have success is just the sheer amount of ammunition that they have. that is it. really, honestly, the honestly, they come, they come, shoot everything that moves and sometimes, they hit something. and just the ammunition in the cities. >> anton, you have family in ukraine, close family, including engaged in the fight. can you tell me about that, tell me about what your worries are? >> you know, like i said, we very much appreciate the weapons support. it's been amazing. it's not just the united states, don't get me wrong. europe has been really, really great with help of volunteers and everybody trying to help. my biggest worry about it is my family is fighting there on the front line. i mean, they're as close as it gets. my biggest worry is we not only need things like javelins, but we also need drones. night vision.
things that are not basic equipment. things that are higher level equipment that really makes a difference in fighting at night. the fighting at longer distances. surveillance. identifying the enemies, where they are, the approaches. before they get close. so those kind of tools are really, really critical. i wish, whoever is listening, if you have the power to do it, drones, night vision, thermal, all of these things make a huge difference in the war. i'm going to to add this, it is my personal belief, if our friend continues to buy us the ammunition and the weapons systems, ukraine will not only be able to stop the enemies where they are. they'll be able to drive them all the way back to their borders. >> anton, ft. texas i believe is how the ukrainians called you over there. anton, thank you for being with us. unique perspective, being with the forces over there.
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tipping point for president biden's poll numbers. our attention is elsewhere, like the russian invasion of ukraine, and attempts to overturn roe v. wade, but just because we turn away doesn't mean problems go away. that's why this headline caught my eye. taliban decree orders women in afghanistan to cover their faces. that's right. the burqa is back in afghanistan. along with requirements that women stay mostly indoors. now, this might seem like a surprise to you, unless you've been paying attention to all the taliban promises that they had changed during their peace negotiations. you see, during the diplomatic rounds in doha with the trump envoys, the taliban took pains to present a new image, said they would be more inclusive and responsible. not everyone bought into the act, as one analyst wrote in "the washington post," yes, the taliban changed, it got better at pr. the core agreement with the trump team is that the taliban would not harbor terrorists, the
taliban spokesman said it on cnn. >> we know it is not in the interest of our people and of our country that anyone use afghanistan. >> a 2020 u.n. report shows that promise was already being broken by the taliban by keeping close eyes with al qaeda. when the biden administration began following through with withdrawal and the elected afghan government fell, taliban assured observers it would protect women's rights and media freedoms and offer amnesty to their afghanistan opponents. guess how long that lasted? within days the u.n. reported the taliban was going house to house, hunting down their opponents. so much for freedom of the press. 200 local news organizations were forced to close by december. the impression of women remained a taliban signature. their promise to allow girls to pursue an education was stopped the day schools reopened. not only that, taliban's
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authoritarianism, they're all related in their belief that might makes right, rejection of modernity and self-determination. why am i mentioning it now? it is happening and it is a reminder of basic truths. first, u.s. withdrawal from the world does not increase peace, prosperity and justice, but frequently does the opposite. second, progress is not permanent or self-sustaining. the educational gains of a generation of women and girls are being wiped out by fundamentalists in afghanistan. the war on women is not some bumper sticker there, it is an everyday assault on freedom and equality. fundamentalists never really want to change, after all, they're fighting change, what they want is power. and the return of the taliban is a bloody reminder of what maya angelou once said, when someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. and that's your reality check. >> right, john avlon, thank you very much for that. and "new day" continues right now.
good morning to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. it is tuesday, may 10th. i'm john berman with brianna keilar. this morning, economic anxiety growing across the country. gas prices hitting new nominal records this morning, $4.37 a gallon. this comes as prices for everything from groceries to plane tickets continue to rise. meantime, stocks, stock market taking a huge hit amidst all the uncertainty. today president biden is set to deliver what is billed as a major speech for his plans on inf infl inflation. joining me now is the chair of president biden's council of economic advisers, cecelia rouse. cecelia, thank you so much for being with us. you know, as these gas prices
are hitting this record high, i wonder when you're expecting that is going to ease so that americans can get some relief. >> well, look, we understand that with russia's invasion of ukraine that gas prices are elevated. we certainly hope that these will come down soon, that is somewhat up to putin, but the president is focused on addressing these kinds of issues. he's focused on gas prices, he understands the cost that is for families, which is why he has coordinated one of the largest releases from the strategic petroleum reserves for us, and working with our partners. so he's working every day to address the gas prices and the food prices that he understands are affecting the budgets of everyday americans. >> and how long does that relief from the grow last. >> we know it is making a difference and we know it will help over the months to come. he's also working to increase production with oil and gas companies and encouraging them
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