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Fox News Anchor Stumps WH Economic Adviser Trying to Defend High Diesel Prices

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Jared Bernstein, economic adviser to President Joe Biden, had a tough time defending the still high gas prices that are hitting Americans' wallets during an interview with Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum on Tuesday.

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The Biden administration has been trying to take a victory lap for the average gas price dropping 80 cents from their historic high of being almost $6 during the early summertime. Even with the drop in price, the national average is $4.14, according to AAA. A year ago, the average price of gas $3.17.

MacCallum had interviewed an owner of a tow truck company who said the prices for gas and diesel is still too high prior to having Bernstein on the show.

"I do think though that there’s a couple of fact checks I want to do. Someone said that they thought the gas price had couple down a couple cents. That’s just factually incorrect. It’s down 83 cents off of its peak since mid-June," Bernstein said.

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"Jared, is that true for diesel fuel? That’s not true for diesel fuel. How much has diesel fuel come down?" MacCallum asked.

"Diesel fuel has also come down a lot. I don’t have the number in my head," Bernstein admitted.

The current average price of diesel is $5.25. A month ago, the average price was $5.74.

"Well she deals with it every single day, she fills up her tow trucks. I’m going with her on that," MacCallum said.

"Hold on, Martha. Wait a second. To say that diesel fuel has come down a couple of cents is absolutely incorrect. I will get you the number of cents. It’s not a couple of cents," Bernstein said.


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