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During a press briefing Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki attributed the 40% surge in gas prices across the United States to seasonal fluctuations, citing that they historically see upticks during the summer months.

In response to a reporter’s question noting how the higher cost of fuel has burdened many families’ transportation budgets, Psaki touted the administration’s progress in eliminating COVID, which she claimed has resuscitated consumer demand for travel, contributing to higher gas prices. The average price of gasoline now sits at $3.14, the reporter added.

“Gas prices do historically rise in the summer, and that’s particularly true in moments like this when there’s a spike in people traveling and even more people are hitting the road now because of our success in defeating the pandemic,” Psaki said.

“In the last ten years pre-pandemic for example, the average price of gas in July is nearly 30 cents higher than it is in January,” she added.

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