White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday she hopes President Joe Biden doesn’t blame her for his low approval ratings.
“When [Biden] came into office last year, he was around 60% and even more, and now he’s around 40% and sometimes less.” Today News Africa correspondent Simon Ateba asked Psaki. “Who does he blame now: Putin, Trump, you — the communication team?”
“Oh, does he blame me? Oh, I don’t know,” Psaki said while laughing. “I hope not.”
“Look, I think that the president recognizes that the country is still grappling with a small number of challenges that impact people and their everyday lives, whether that is a continuing fight with a pandemic that has been going on for several years or the fact that costs are going up. Some of those are a result of the actions of President Putin — yes, as it relates to gas prices — but others are related to impacts of COVID-19 and impacts on the supply chain.”
“So, what our focus is and his focus continues to be: on solutions to address these challenges, and keeping our heads down and trying to continue to deliver for the American people,” she added. (RELATED: ‘We’re Going To Get Slaughtered’: Biden’s Poll Numbers Trigger Panic Mode For Democrats)
A recently released NBC News Poll revealed Biden’s approval rating hit new lows amid the war in Ukraine and surging inflation. Among those polled, 40% approved of Biden’s handling of the presidency, with just 16% strongly approving. Thirty-eight percent of those polled blamed Biden for surging inflation.
The poll was conducted between March 18-22 among 1,000 adults, 790 of whom are registered voters. There was a 3.1% margin of error among respondents.