President Biden is floundering at unclogging the seaports as Americans are facing significant shortages.
President Biden promised to monitor the situation and offer solutions back in August; the issue did not just happen without notice.
“My administration is bringing together the port operators, shipping lines, the labor unions, trucking companies, railroads, and others to speed up the port’s operations,” Biden said on August 11.
“These bottlenecks and price spikes will reduce as our economy continues to heal,” Biden stated, trying to reassure Americans, he promised to monitor the situation.
On August 12, Biden appointed John D. Porcari as a “Port Envoy” to join Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to solve the shipping problems.
However, the part delays continue two months later.
According to reports over the weekend, 146 cargo ships are off the California coast waiting to get unloaded.
During an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday, Buttigieg struggled to offer any reassurance that the Biden administration was making progress as the problem continued to worsen.
“Obviously it’s an incredibly complicated situation,” Buttigieg admitted, posing that the government was handling the problem by holding video conference “roundtables” of private companies, port operators, and labor unions to discuss the issues.
Buttigieg argued short term gains are being made, but he warned America it is a long-term problem.
“Some of these things have been years and years in the making,” he said.
Buttigieg cited the concern over the number of available truck drivers; he said he is working with the Department of Labor to create more apprenticeships.
“We’re going to continue to see a lot of challenges, he admitted. “Not just going into the next year or two, but going into the long term.”
During Friday’s press briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki also struggled to signal progress on the issue.
“The President recognizes that there are several, several layers of the challenge here that contribute to the bottleneck,” she said.
Psaki claimed the appointment of a port “envoy” was proof the Biden administration was handling the crisis.
“The fact that he designated and — and appointed someone at that level with a range of vast experience shows that this is a part of the issue we’re absolutely focused on,” she said.