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Biden blames Putin and 'ultra-MAGA' for inflation, pledges to give voters 'simple' explanations

President Biden on Tuesday blamed Russia’s war in Ukraine, corporate greed, the pandemic and the policies of “ultra-MAGA Republicans” for causing record-high inflation, and insisted that Democrats’ big spending didn’t spur the highest price increases in 40 years.

“It’s not because of spending,” Mr. Biden told reporters at the White House. “I think our policies help, not hurt.”

In a speech aimed at voters’ frustration in the midterm election year, Mr. Biden said his administration is tackling inflation on several fronts without cooperation from the GOP. The president said he needs to do a better job communicating with voters who are “not focused” on the reasons for high gas prices and consumer goods.

“What I have to do is explain in simple, straightforward language what’s going on,” the president said. “But right now it’s confusing. There’s a war in Ukraine… I’m not suggesting the American people can’t understand

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