As if the Biden administration needed one more thing to make it look bad, there’s a baby formula shortage that’s been brewing for months but has come to a head this spring. The shortage came about as the result of a confluence of factors: a recall at one of the largest formula plants in the country along with the supply chain and labor crises that have gripped virtually all sectors of this economy.
The administration faces criticism that it could have addressed the issue earlier, but the White House denies it. White House communications director Kate Bedingfield even refuses to refer to the shortage as a crisis.
“I’m not going to stand here and tell your audience that I can give you a hard timeline that I can’t give you,” Bedingfield told a CNN reporter. “We are being candid about moving as quickly as possible. And we are relentlessly focused on this.”
Adding insult to injury is the revelation that the administration has sent pallets loaded with formula to the border with Mexico in order to distribute it to illegal immigrant families with babies. Those pallets of formula may have been allocated for the border and couldn’t go anywhere else, but the scenario is, as they say, bad optics.
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