Biden Says US Public 'Really, Really Down' About Inflation, Recession 'Not Inevitable'

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Joe Biden said in a recent interview that the American public is really concerned about inflation in the United States but a recession is not inevitable.
"People are really, really down," Biden told the Associated Press on Thursday. "The need for mental health in America, it has skyrocketed, because people have seen everything upset. Everything they’ve counted on upset. But most of it’s the consequence of what’s happened, what happened as a consequence of the COVID crisis."
Biden also underscored that a recession in the United States is not inevitable, claiming he is confident that the US is in a strong position to overcome inflation.
US inflation, as recorded by the Consumer Price Index, grew at an annualized rate of 8.6% in May - the fastest rate since 1981. The cost of virtually all goods, including food, fuel, shelter and clothing, increased significantly last month.
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