WATCH: Kamala Had a Rough Go of It This Week
Vice President Kamala Harris’ appearances on morning talk shows didn’t go swimmingly this week, as hosts fired pointed questions on Ukraine, inflation, and the midterm elections.
Today Show host Savannah Guthrie asked Harris if President Joe Biden will implement sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s oil and gas sectors, but the VP didn’t provide a direct answer.
“We have, as the president said, reevaluated what we’re doing in terms of the strategic oil reserve in the United States to make sure it will not have an impact or we can mitigate the impact on the American consumer,” Harris said.
“But, let’s take this one step at a time, understanding that right now, on the issue of energy, our allies have stood firm and unified in a way that many of the pundits didn’t predict would happen to ensure that we are unified in our approach to this issue.”
When Harris appeared on CBS Mornings, Gayle King noted that 70% of the nation disapproves of the Biden administration’s handling of inflation.
“Listen, people are struggling, especially working people. In terms of the price of gas and food and, uh, the reasons include what we need to do to address what happened through the pandemic in terms of supply chain issues, which was a reduction of the availability of goods, so the prices went up,” Harris said.
“We also need to deal with one of the biggest issues, which is the cost of living. It’s too expensive for working families.”
Harris told This Week host George Stephanopoulos that Democrats are paying attention to the “needs of American families.”
“The president also, I thought, did a spectacular job of trying to appeal to American leaders, regardless of party affiliation, to come together in a unified way around these issues that impact people regardless of who they voted for in the last election. That’s how we continue to make our country strong.”