Jean-Pierre Confuses Russian Pipeline With Department Store

In the latest of a series of gaffes, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre faces renewed criticism after she mistakenly referred to a major Russian natural gas pipeline as “Nordstrom-1.”

The misstatement came as Jean-Pierre slammed Russia for “weaponizing energy” by shutting down the pipeline to Europe. This has caused a major energy crisis and sent the continent scrambling to conserve energy for the long winter months ahead.

Jean-Pierre explained that “one of the things that’s been out there … they shut down the pipeline of Nordstrom 1.”

Russia’s state-owned energy company, Gazprom, owns and operates Nord Stream 1. Last Friday it announced that the supply of gas through the critical pipeline to Europe would be shut off indefinitely for what it described as leaks.

A spokesperson for the Kremlin indicated that the suspension of natural gas will continue until the West withdraws its sanctions over the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Nordstrom is a department store.

Meanwhile, the EU economy faces an enormous risk from the current energy crisis. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo warned this week that the continent has to address the emergency or risk a fundamental “economic shutdown and social unrest.”

The string of misstatements by Jean-Pierre is piling higher and higher. In July she tweeted “0% inflation” for the month when in fact it was 8.5% year over year.

In a back and forth with a Fox News reporter last week, the press secretary made the incredible statement that no one “just walks across” the southern border. The exchange was over policies preventing the unvaccinated from flying into the U.S.

As Washington Time columnist Tim Young noted, “They could, at the very least, find someone who is better at lying for this job.”

Karine Jean-Pierre has the unenviable job of trying to put a positive face on a deeply unpopular administration. That does not, however, excuse the ever-lengthening string of lapses and outright misstatements coming from the podium, and it’s one the administration should address for its own sake.