White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Wednesday that despite the Biden administration’s best efforts to deal with global supply-chain issues, it cannot guarantee that packages will arrive on time for Christmas.
Psaki opened Wednesday’s daily press briefing by noting that President Joe Biden had secured key commitments to ensure that shippers operated 24/7 in order to ease holiday backlogs. But there is still no guarantee that packages will arrive on time.
"We are not the Postal Service or UPS or FedEx," Psaki said. “We cannot guarantee. What we can do is use every lever at the federal government’s disposal to reduce delays."
"We can't overpromise here, and I'm not going to do that because we know there are a lot of issues in the global supply chain," she continued.
Biden administration officials have been concerned that holiday season shortages will become the latest political headache for the president, who has been suffering from many.
"The stories that we are now hearing about the caution that if you want to have Christmas toys for your children, it might be the time to start buying them because the delay may be many, many months," Vice President Kamala Harris warned in August.
There is a massive freight backlog in Southern California. California's coronavirus precautions and labor shortages have left Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, which account for roughly 40% of all U.S. imports, operating at approximately 60% capacity.
The administration is also grappling with inflation concerns more broadly throughout the economy. Psaki called the price upticks “transitory” but acknowledged they were “an issue that has been impacting [the public] nearly every single day.”
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Original Author: W. James Antle III