The question of why an emergency supply of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is being given to other nations while Americans struggle with high gas prices was put to Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre during a Tuesday afternoon press briefing at the White House. She said that she was unaware of the circumstances.

“There’s a Reuters report out this morning that says that more than 5 million barrels of oil that were released from the emergency oil reserves were exported to Europe and Asia last month, and some of it, reportedly, was actually heading to China. Is the administration aware of those reports? And does the president mind that some of this oil that was meant to ease paying for consumers is headed overseas?” a reporter questioned.

“I have not seen that report, so I would honestly have to go look into it and see what, what the truth is in that, in that statement that you just laid out and see exactly what’s happening. I just have not seen that report,” Jean-Pierre answered.

President Joe Biden said in March that one million barrels of oil will be released daily from the SPR, saying that this would benefit the American people. Since that time, gas prices have consistently increased while breaking several records.