Donald Trump Hits Biden's Gas Prices Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

"Shame, shame, shame," former President Donald Trump said Thursday, blaming President Joe Biden's policies for increased fuel costs ahead of a major holiday weekend marking the start of summer travel.

"I'm sorry to say the gasoline prices that you will be confronted with are far higher than they were just a short number of months ago where we had gasoline under $2 a gallon," Trump said in a statement. "Remember as you're watching the meter tick, and your dollars pile up, how great of a job Donald Trump did as President."

The White House didn't immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

Gas prices rose dramatically when the Colonial Pipeline—one of the major fuel suppliers across the southeast—was compromised by international hackers earlier this month.

Several states reported major outages that drove demand.

Meanwhile, AAA Travel has predicted a massive rebound in travel this year as the coronavirus pandemic has slowed, due largely to the ramp up of vaccinations.

AAA forecasts that from Thursday through Monday, more than 37 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home—an increase of 60 percent from 2020. The 23 million who traveled during the holiday in 2020 amid the pandemic was the lowest on record since AAA began recording in 2000, according to the group that tracks travels.

The association also cautions that things haven't gotten back into normal noting the increase still represents 13 percent fewer travelers than in 2019.

But leaders have expressed optimism.

"As more people get the COVID-19 vaccine and consumer confidence grows, Americans are demonstrating a strong desire to travel this Memorial Day," Paula Twidale, senior vice president for AAA Travel, said in a statement. "This pent-up demand will result in a significant increase in Memorial Day travel, which is a strong indicator for summer, though we must all remember to continue taking important safety precautions."

Since his suspension from Twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts, Trump has taken to emailing reporters statements criticizing the now president, while Trump continues to insist, without evidence, that he won the 2020 election and should be president.

Trump made a point of encouraging domestic oil and gas output as an issue of national security.

"Soon Russia and the Middle East will be making a fortune on oil, and you will be saying how good it was to have me as your President. Wasn't it great to be energy independent, but we are energy independent no more," he said in his statement Thursday.

Trump Blasts Biden Over Gas Prices
As gas prices continue to rise, people fill-up at a gas station in Brooklyn on May 03, 2021 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images