FOX News White House correspondent Peter Doocy has a long history of being shot down for his ridiculous questions and false statements directed at White House officials.  Former WH Press Secretary Jen Psaki routinely humiliated Doocy in press briefings, and now National Security Council spokesman John Kirby has shot back at Doocy for challenging the Biden administrations’ actions on the current fuel crisis.

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On Monday, at a White House press briefing, Doocy asked why the White House and President Biden would prefer for U.S. oil companies to drill in Venezuela rather than in the United States. Doocy leadingly asked if Biden believes there is “some benefit to the climate” to drill for oil in Venezuela and not here in the U.S.

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Here is the exchange:

Doocy: Okay. And on the sanctions relief for Venezuela —

Kirby: Yeah.

Doocy:  why is it that President Biden would rather let U.S. companies drill for oil in Venezuela than here in the U.S.?

Kirby: That’s not an accurate take on the President’s view.

Doocy: Earlier this month, he said, “No more drilling. There is no more drilling.”

Kirby: The President has issued 9,000 permits for drilling on U.S. federal lands, Peter; 9,000 of them are being unused. There are plenty of opportunities for oil and gas companies to drill here in the United States.  Now, I’ll let Chevron speak for this particular issue of sanctions relief, but our expectation is it won’t be a lot of oil coming out of there. It will have to be shipped to the United States.

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Doocy: Does the President think there’s some benefit to the climate to drill oil in Venezuela and not here?

Kirby:  No, it has nothing to do with a benefit to the climate, Peter. Again, there are 9,000 unused permits here in the United States on federal land that oil and gas companies can and should take advantage of. Nine thousand. And we’re talking about one there in Venezuela. Now, look, it remains to be seen how much will get drilled down there. It’ll be up to Chevron to decide that, Peter. But — but as a function of the sanction itself, that oil, whatever product is drilled, has to come to the United States.

You can watch the exchange here.



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