President Joe Biden is traveling to the Middle East this week in his first trip to the area since becoming president.
During the trip, Biden will make a stop in Saudi Arabia, where he is expected to discuss the rise in energy prices.
On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile), who represents Alabama’s oil-producing Gulf Coast region, spoke in the U.S. House of Representatives about America’s high energy prices.
Standing next to a poster displaying Biden’s tweet, Carl said the president had failed in his promise to bring down the cost of gasoline.
“According to his text,” Carl said, “[Biden said] he’s going to help bring the price of fuel down. The price of fuel has gone up. In his text, he’s going to release fuel from his reserves. All it did was put money in the Chinese pockets, 950,000 barrels of oil, and someone’s got to be answerable for that.”
The congressman also displayed a photo of an offshore oil worker and said that worker “wants his job back.”
“This gentleman I’d like to point to on the end, Mr. Seals,” Carl continued. “Mr. Seals is an offshore oil producer, and Mr. Seals wants his job back. Let’s spend our time trying to our energy released.”
Carl then addressed Biden’s Middle East trip.
“Don’t go to Saudi Arabia, Mr. President!” Carl exclaimed. “Let’s stay here and let our people, Mr. Seals, get and drill. Release our energy.”
The congressman also posted his plea for domestic oil production on Twitter.
“President Biden has been driving fuel costs through the roof, and we have been begging him to unleash American energy production for a year and a half,” he tweeted.
President Biden has been driving fuel costs through the roof, and we have been begging him to unleash American energy production for a year and a half.
What does he do in response? Take almost a million barrels from our reserves and sell them to China. Unbelievable. pic.twitter.com/tyltI2N4bv
— Rep. Jerry Carl (@RepJerryCarl) July 13, 2022