While the Joe Biden presidency has been riddled with failure after failure, this one massive issue which Biden is ignoring may push America over the brink.
The challenge of clogged sea ports has become a critical problem which has helped contribute to major shortages for American consumers, and with Christmas approaching the shortages could get much worse and span to a variety of products, in the worst case, leaving Americans without food to feed their families.
The president has been aware of the problems for months and in August promised to monitor the situation and offer solutions to resolve the pressing matter – but his actions have been anything but helpful.
“My administration is bringing together the port operators, shipping lines, the labor unions, trucking companies, railroads, and others to speed up the port’s operations,” Biden claimed on August 11.
He reassured Americans “these bottlenecks and price spikes will reduce as our economy continues to heal” and promised to monitor the situation.
Biden appointed John D. Porcari to the position of “Port Envoy” for the administration on August 21, joining Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to try and solve the shipping problems.
Two months later, however, the administration has proven just how useless they are by allowing these dangerous delays to continue.
Recent reports indicate that there are 146 cargo ships off the California coast waiting to get unloaded.
During an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday, Buttigieg struggled to offer any reassurance that the Biden administration was making progress as the problem continued to worsen.
“Obviously it’s an incredibly complicated situation,” Buttigieg admitted, posing that the government was handling the problem by holding video conference “roundtables” of private companies, port operators, and labor unions to discuss the problems.
He argued his department was making short term gains, but warned Americans that it was a long term problem.
“Some of these things have been years and years in the making,” he claimed.
Buttigieg cited concerns about the number of available truck drivers, but said he was working with the Department of Labor to create more apprenticeships.
“We’re going to continue to see a lot of challenges,” he admitted. “Not just going into the next year or two, but going into the long term.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki, per usual, attempted to cover up just how terrible of a job the president and his team are doing on the issue during a recent press briefing.
“The President recognizes that there are several, several layers of the challenge here that contribute to the bottleneck,” she said.
Psaki argued that Biden’s appointment of a port “envoy” was somehow proof the administration was handling the crisis.
“The fact that he designated and — and appointed someone at that level with a range of vast experience shows that this is a part of the issue we’re absolutely focused on,” she said.
Author: Aydan Rimes