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U.S. Treasury Secretary Says She Was Wrong About Inflation

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Daniel Leal-Olivas | AP
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Daniel Leal-Olivas | AP

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen admitted this week she was wrong and underestimated inflation, which continues to soar.

During an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer Tuesday, Yellen said that she failed to anticipate that inflation would become such a significant problem.

"I think I was wrong then about the path that inflation would take," she said, referencing a statement she made at the Wall Street Journal's CEO Summit in May of last year.

"I don't think there's going to be an inflationary problem," Yellen said at the time. "But if there is, the Fed will be counted on to address it."

Yellen's concession comes as Americans face record high gas prices with a national average of $4.67 per gallon of unleaded gas as of Wednesday, according to AAA. That average has risen every day this week. Food prices have risen by 9.4% since April of last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Yellen defended her previous comments during the CNN interview, though, saying, "there have been unanticipated and large shocks to the economy that have boosted energy and food prices, and supply bottlenecks that have affected our economy badly, that, I didn't at the time, didn't fully understand, but we recognize that now."

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