Given that things seem to be falling apart in America as it slides into third-world status, what with the complete disgrace that is the national baby formula shortage and pending diesel shortages, doesn’t it seem reasonable, at least, to expect that the press secretary for the White House would at least remember, if not understand, the basic details regarding that shortage?
You would think so, as that seems quite reasonable. But, as with the baby formula shortage, it’s important to remember that this is Joe Biden’s America, and thus that your expectations literally can’t be low enough.
Such is what you must remember when watching this video of Psaki’s replacement as White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, who couldn’t even answer the most basic of questions when asked about the baby formula shortage:
Karine Jean-Pierre appears to have absolutely no idea when — if ever — the Biden White House was warned about the baby formula shortage.
Karine Jean-Pierre appears to have absolutely no idea when — if ever — the Biden White House was warned about the baby formula shortage. pic.twitter.com/iFoTVRRyQ0
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 1, 2022
And no, that’s not just the RNC being unfair with Jean-Pierre, here’s the transcript of that question being asked and not answered:
Q: So you — February 17th was the recall. February 18th, FDA issued instructions to states. Let’s — let’s — can we continue that through April? When did somebody call the White House to say, “This is a problem; you guys may need to get involved”?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: So, I could say that, again, the recall happened on the — day — day one of the recall, we took action as a whole-of-government approach — right? — with FDA, USDA, as I just laid out.
And the President understands — again, he understands how difficult this is. He understands how challenging this is, and we have acknowledged that. He understands that this is the job of the President to be able to multitask, to get things done, especially when it comes to making sure that your child gets healthy — healthy food.
Q Okay, but, again —
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: And so, that is what —
Q Mid-February, April —
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: That is what we’ve been doing.
Q When was someone called here at the White House to say, “This could be an issue that requires presidential involvement”?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: So, I don’t have the timeline on that. All I can tell you, as a whole-of-government approach, we have been working on this since the recall in February.
In other words, she had absolutely no idea when it was that the recall happened and thus was completely unable to deal with the question. She didn’t know what was going on, didn’t know what had happened, and was utterly unprepared to properly respond.
Nor was that the only time that Jean-Pierre fell apart and failed to make her boss, Biden, look good. Later in the briefing, baby formula came up again, with a reporter asking:
So, if the President is saying the baby formula manufacturers knew that things would be really bad as soon the Abbott recalls happened, the shutdown of the plant happened, but he did not, I guess, can you help us understand why they knew but he didn’t? Who failed to inform him? Why didn’t he know if they knew?
A fair question, one that Jean-Pierre should have had an answer for. But she didn’t, so this was her attempt at a response:
So, again, what I will tell you is that we have been working on this issue from day one since the recall.
You know, what you hear from the President is — is his frustration with the issue itself — with American families having to deal with and what they’re going through because this market — because this more — this concentrated market and the problems of the Sturgis facility.
We have to remember how we got here. We got here because FDA learned that the Sturgis facility was not operating in a safe way. And so, we — they’ve — FDA wanted to make sure that families were getting healthy — healthy food to their babies. So, this is a responsibility that FDA has and that FDA did.
From our part, we did everything that we can from the moment that we learned about the recall to — to work 24/7 to make sure that the production went up.
Team Biden might be claiming that it was prepared for the problem and properly responded. Perhaps, though it sure doesn’t look that way, and the complete failure that is Jean-Pierre’s performance sure isn’t helping things look any better.
This story syndicated with permission from Will, Author at Trending Politics
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