White House says baby formula shortage has been a top priority since February after Joe Biden pretended to ignore the issue

The White House has claimed that President Joe Biden’s administration made the infant formula shortage crisis a top priority as early as February, even though the president on Thursday said he was unaware of the issue.

“It’s something he’s focused on very intensely and again I said 24/7, we’ve been working on it since we learned of this in February,” the attaché said. White House press, Karine Jean-Pierre, during the daily briefing on Biden. , calling the issue “one of the top priorities of the presidents”.

Biden bristled when reporters asked him on Friday if he could have acted sooner to resolve the crisis.

“If we had been better mind readers, I guess we could have, but we moved on as the problem dawned on us,” Biden said.

The president didn’t even personally mention the crisis until Friday, despite weeks of reports highlighting the problem.

“I’m going to answer the formula question because all of a sudden it’s all over the headlines,” Biden grumbled on Friday.

He announced the launch of a new government website to help parents locate infant formula in stores, but was plagued by extremely long wait times and unnecessary information.

Jean-Pierre alluded to a comment by Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Bacerra saying the Biden administration had been working on the issue since February and even as early as last year in 2021.

“You’ve heard us talk about this, you’ve heard colleagues talk about what we’ve been doing since February,” Jean-Pierre said. “We work on it 24/7.”

Jean-Pierre declined to offer a timetable for the return to normal supplies of infant formula.

“What I can say is that there are a lot of dates floating around,” she said.


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