President Joe Biden is failing to address the acute shortage of infant formula across the country, resulting in panic among mothers, for whom infant formula is a necessary supplement or substitute for breast milk.
the New York Times reported on Tuesday: “A shortage of infant formula leaves parents desperate for food.” A title once impossible in America.
On Wednesday, incoming press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked who in the White House was “the turning point” on the baby shortage. She had no idea.
Q: “Who is the execution point on the formula? [shortage] to the White House ?
Biden spokesperson: ‘I don’t know, I can find out [laughs]” pic.twitter.com/A7myY0om2s
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Instead, she assured reporters that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is rushing to make sure the formula is “safe.” She blamed “Abbott’s voluntary infant formula recall”, which came after four infants were hospitalized and two died, although there is no proven link to the formula yet. even, according to the FDA. (The White House can’t get his straight message: On Monday, press secretary Jen Psaki said the FDA had “issued” the recall.)
Meanwhile, desperate mothers consider their options: driving for hours to find formula somewhere; try to start breastfeeding again; or even try to make their own homemade substitutes, something the government has advised them against doing.
They face the prospect of not being able to feed hungry, panicked and crying infants, unable to understand why their mothers, who have fed them every moment of their lives so far, suddenly refuse to feed them.
If it were the Trump administration, the media would have demanded answers. They would have insisted that the president invoke the Defense Production Act, as they did for Trump at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
And Trump would have taken matters into his own hands.
As former assistant Stephen Miller argued, “there would of course be no shortage of formula if 45 were in place. But by pretending that there were: he would have immediately emitted [executive orders], brought Formula CEOs to the Oval Office for a town hall meeting, held Cab Mtg to resolve all traffic jams, told the FDA fix it or be fired, made all staff work overtime until ‘to SOLVED. What Biden does is pass the buck, despite promising voters in 2020: “I will take responsibility instead of blaming others.”
Biden agrees it’s a scandal when Americans are hungry. He shouted during a speech on Wednesday: ‘Remember those long queues you’d see at a TV and people queuing up in all kinds of vehicles just to get a box of food in their trunk? He added that the “MAGA crowd” wanted to ignore the poor.
Never mind that Trump sent stimulus checks to Americans; suspended rents and student loans; and gave businesses billions in emergency loans, while Democrats imposed mandates and lockdowns.
Well, we now have another hunger crisis, a crisis affecting the most vulnerable human beings in our society. And it’s not enough to blame a recall, or the pandemic. Americans want Biden to do something. But he lets the babies go hungry.
Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.