by Emily Zanotti
The White House was forced to intervene Friday and walk back claims President Joe Biden made during a town hall event on Thursday night, admitting that the administration is “not pursuing” using the National Guard to solve the supply chain crisis and that the official United States policy on China and Taiwan has not changed.
During the town hall, hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Biden suggested that if supply chain issues persist, he would send in the National Guard to drive trucks from ports where goods are unloaded to retail and big box stores.
“The answer is yes,” Biden said when asked about the possibility of deploying the National Guard to handle supply chain issues. “Absolutely, positively.”
When Cooper suggested that the National Guard could drive trucks, Biden responded positively.
“The answer is yes if we can’t move to increase the number of truckers, which we’re in the process of doing,” he said.
President Biden says he would call on the National Guard to help solve the supply chain crisis #BidenTownHall https://t.co/JuitY9AORV pic.twitter.com/LhVAg29MI4
— CNN (@CNN) October 22, 2021
The White House is currently working to partner with commercial shippers and other delivery services to increase the number of long- and short-haul truckers on the roads. The industry, The Hill reports, is approximately 80,000 truckers short, contributing to the ongoing scarcity problems.
The supply chain crisis is multi-faceted and truckers are just one part of a larger, global issue. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a marked downturn in the number of commercial flights which, in turn, caused a downturn in the amount of freight able to travel by air. An increase in the number of cargo ships, China’s decision to reopen its international trade, and the ongoing labor shortage also contribute to the problem.
But, the White House now says, regardless of the president’s feelings on the matter, the administration has not even considered using the National Guard to provide short-term relief to the trucking industry — and it’s unlikely the president would even have the authority.
“Requesting the use of the National Guard at the state level is under the purview of governors, and we are not actively pursuing the use of the National Guard on a federal level,” a White House official told CNN.
A White House spokesperson also walked back Biden’s comments on Taiwan. In the CNN townhall, Biden said that he does not “want a Cold War with China,” but that the U.S. will make “China understand that we are not going to step back, we are not going to change any of our views.” Asked whether the U.S. would defend Taiwan from a Chinese attack, Biden said yes.
So… who IS the *president? How many times did this moron state policy only to have his masters come out and say, “Noooo… we have no intention of doing anything like that.”
I’m sorry… i thought the President created and directed policy. No? Not the case? Gee, I wish we HAD a President along about now.
*not THIS idiot fool
That Joe got major concepts such as who calls them or when the National Guard gets called in and the USA’s long-held “ambiguity policy,” toward relations between us and China/Taiwan, is no surprise.
Watch the numerous clips of Joe and say, with a straight face, that he’s in charge of anything……
Joe mocks the very idea of freedom.
His slack-jawed look as he waits for someone to tell him who those two prominent black men in attendence were (wrong on BOTH counts).
His scared look when he asked, “what am I doing here?” after forgetting the name of the city of Long Beach.
And, yes, what was he doing with his hands?
Many people who were caregivers of senile people weigh in on varios forums about how Joe’s actions and words fit their memories of dead loved ones who were also afflicted.
No idea how to lower fuel prices… no idea. How about reversing the damage YOU did and go back to being a net exporter so that OPEC doesn’t control the amount of available oil and jack the costs up?
Daniel Greenfield has a pretty good take on the California port issue.
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Joe Biden managed to open the US borders to 1.7 illegal migrants this year during the worst pandemic in 100 years. IT was quite an accomplishment that took lots of effort.
Don’t be fooled, the regime is serious about that pandemic.
oops, correct headline for above
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Less than 1% of the US population watched this moron. greg, why is your president so ineffective and so unpopular? Especially since the claim is he received 88 million ballots…
Who does this better?
Beavis or butthead biden?
biden is a joke….
As Expected Joe Biden Pledge To Speed Up California Ports Amounts to Absolutely Nothing
In a rare act of journalism, NBC actually followed up on the October 13th grand proclamation of Joe Biden to speed up California ports. What they found is exactly what everyone suspected, the grand prose from the White House was a political pantomime – absolutely nothing has changed. WATCH:
As noted, and as previously outlined, the issues with the backlog of the California ports have absolutely nothing to do with rapid unloading of ships and container vessels. The issue is the inability of California truckers to move those containers. The problem is a shortage of CA emission compliant internal transportation trucks to move the containers out of the port and into the U.S. mainland.
As a result… the politically expedient goal to get rid of the optical problem (the ships) by offloading containers into a California port system, that is already overwhelmed with tens-of-thousands of containers, is only making the original issue exponentially worse. More people are now starting to understand the internal issue that has been created by recent California laws, rules and regulations.
Daniel Greenfield at Front Page Magazine has a solid outline of the emission compliance issues and the problem of independent truckers not being able to work in California:
Front Page Magazine – […] Over the summer, the California Trucking Association actually went to the Supreme Court to fight AB5 and allow owners and operators to use independent contractors. The CTA listed 70,000 owner operators. In the years since AB5, Ubers have become scarcer and more expensive, which is what the law was actually designed to do, but the consequences to the trucking industry have been far worse albeit invisible to most people until now. While truckers are still protected from AB5, many in the industry are not willing to bet their future on SCOTUS.
AB5 was not only the assault on the trucking industry by California Democrats who were aggressively trying to unionize the industry and to impose environmental regulations on it.
Last year, the California Air Resources Board issued a press release boasting that it had taken a “bold step to reduce truck pollution”. The bold step required switching to electric trucks.
“We are showing the world that we can move goods, grow our economy and finally dump dirty diesel,” Jared Blumenfeld, California’s Secretary for Environmental Protection, sneered.
[…] Last year, California’s DMV began refusing to register thousands of trucks with an estimated 100,000 trucks under threat. With “green” trucks costing $70,000 more, this was a non-starter for already troubled independent owner-operators and even larger companies.
[…] Biden called for ports to operate around the clock, but that’s not going to magically bring back thousands of trucks or truckers. California Democrats still haven’t changed their regulations and without that, there’s no incentive or even legal structure that would allow trucks to operate.
Haven’t we all seen over time the initial response and often subsequent response to a critical issue(s) by democrats never resolves the issue?
What have democrats ever done in America that was positive for the Country or it’s citizens?
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