White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that the Biden administration could not guarantee vacation packages would arrive on time, as concerns about the stability of US supply chains rising ahead of the season. Christmas.
“We are not the Postal Service,” Ms. Psaki told reporters at the White House daily briefing, as she placed the burden of that problem on the United States mail service, as well as FedEx, UPS and others. carriers.
He also emphasized that the White House task force to address supply chain issues was continuing to meet and take action to address supply issues as they arose.
“We cannot promise too much here and I am not going to do that from here because there are many problems in the global supply chain,” said the press secretary.
“Look, I can’t predict that we will solve all the problems tomorrow and next week. We are not, “he continued, adding that the Biden administration was” using every tool at our disposal to ease the impact on the American people, ease the impact on families as we look to the holidays.
His remarks preceded a speech by President Joe Biden on the US supply chain and his efforts to make sure Americans could find needed goods in a timely manner; Beyond the usual problems that the holiday gift season presents, many Americans are noticing a shortage of some items in grocery stores.
Much of the delays have been attributed by the White House to bottlenecks at U.S. ports, prompting the administration to act to extend working hours at major West Coast shipping hubs, including the port of Los Angeles.
Financial research firm Moody’s Analytics warned in a report published Monday that supply chain problems in the US were ready to go, with problems emerging in “every corner” of the US economy.
Other issues include labor shortages in the US trucking industry, as well as a variety of other global shortages in goods and labor markets as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
“We need major retailers ordering the products” as well as US transportation companies to “step up” and extend working hours for supply chain movement, Biden said during his speech Wednesday. .
The current shortage of goods and labor has weakened experts’ analyzes of the speed at which the world’s economies will recover from the economic recession that hit the world last year when Covid-19 spread across the globe.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) lowered its 2020 gross domestic product (GDP) forecast this week by 0.1 percentage point from its July estimate, and lowered the US growth outlook from 7 percent of the US economy. at 6 percent.