White House cites oil ‘supply issues’ amid gas price surge, promises more pressure on OPEC

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that the Biden administration will continue pressuring OPEC members to boost oil production amid a global energy crisisthat has pushed gas prices to their highest level in a decade.

"The president reserves a range of options, and he is certainly quite mindful of the impact of any increased cost on the American public," Psaki said during her daily press briefing. 

Psaki said the administration is specifically focusing on "supply issues as it relates to oil" on the international stage.

"There’s a power of the president of the United States engaging on that front," she said. "That issue has been raised at [national security adviser Jake Sullivan’s] level, at a range of levels throughout government, but certainly the supply and OPEC and putting additional pressure on OPEC is something that certainly our national security team will continue to do."

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