(FreedomBeacon.com)- Earlier in the week, the White House warned that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will likely create global food shortages since both Russia and Ukraine are major exporters of wheat and corn. And on Thursday, speaking from Brussels, President Biden reiterated the warning.
During his press conference Thursday, the president said the food shortages are “going to be real.” He said the sanctions on Russia aren’t just hurting Russia, they’re hurting “an awful lot of countries as well.”
Yes, this is the problem with the sanctions imposed on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
As much as the White House likes to refer to them as “targeted” sanctions, the bottom line is, they’re like an out-of-control flame-throwing that’s torching pretty much every other country as well.
Biden told reporters that in Thursday’s meeting of the G-7 nations, the leaders discussed ways to increase wheat production in the US and Canada to make up for the shortages.
Well, he tried to say that. What he actually said was the leaders talked about how “we could increase and disseminate more rapidly food shortages.”
Biden is incomprehensible on a normal day. But with jet lag, he only gets worse.
Pres. Biden warns that food shortages are “going to be real,” saying the U.S. is working with European partners to end trade limitations on sending food abroad to help alleviate supply issues caused by Russian sanctions. https://t.co/GPN1kQDMMj pic.twitter.com/0nuN0LMfve
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 24, 2022
Over 25 percent of the global supply of what and one-fifth of the global supply of corn come from Russia and Ukraine. Over 80 percent of Lebanon’s wheat imports come from Ukraine. Turkey imports 60 percent of its wheat from Russia.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said earlier this week that these food shortages should not affect the American people. However, Psaki noted, higher prices for wheat, corn, fertilizer, and energy will impact the price of growing and purchasing food supplies worldwide.
During his press conference, Biden also made the outlandish claim that he has never said the threat of sanctions would deter Russia from invading Ukraine.
Toward the end of the press conference, CBS News correspondent Christina Ruffini asked Biden what makes him think Putin will alter course “based on the action you’ve taken today” since deterrence hadn’t worked.
A snippy Biden told Ruffini “let’s get something straight.” He never said sanctions would deter Putin. What’s more, Biden added, “sanctions never deter.”
That is not what Secretary of State Blinken, Vice President Kamala Harris, and other members of the administration said, as the GOP helpfully pointed out in this video:
Joe Biden and his administration have conveniently “changed their mind” on if sanctions would deter Putin or not.
He claimed weeks ago sanctions would deter Putin, now he is claiming the opposite. pic.twitter.com/l4sCTNJnbQ
— GOP (@GOP) March 25, 2022