President Donald Trump slammed the press again on Wednesday with claims that the media is accusing him for traffic jams prior to Thanksgiving after he had “gotten Gasoline Prices so low,” The Hill reported.
“You just can’t win with the Fake News Media,” Trump tweeted. “A big story today is that because I have pushed so hard and gotten Gasoline Prices so low, more people are driving and I have caused traffic jams throughout our Great Nation. Sorry everyone!”
The average price of gas per gallon was $2.60 nationwide on Wednesday, and it has gone down 25 cents since October, Time reported.
The President took to Twitter to announce that oil prices were “getting lower” and expressed his gratitude to Saudi Arabia for the price drop.
“Oil prices getting lower. Great! Like a big Tax Cut for America and the World. Enjoy! $54, was just $82. Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let’s go lower!” he tweeted.
However, the President was comparing two different oil price benchmarks, one domestic U.S. benchmark – West Texas Intermediate crude oil which was closing at some $54 in trading, and an international benchmark for brent crude amounting to $82.
The tweet came one day after Trump released a statement reaffirming close ties with Saudi Arabia, despite a CIA report that found Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman likely ordered the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
The days surrounding Thanksgiving are the busiest days for long-distance car travel in the year. AAA forecast that 54.3 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more from home this year, the most since 2005.