The White House of President Joe Biden has just admitted that, as a result of supply chain issues, “there will be things you can’t get” for Christmas here in the United States, Breitbart reports.
A Biden official made the admission during an interview on Tuesday with Reuters.
“There will be things that people can’t get,” the unnamed official said. “At the same time, a lot of these goods are hopefully substitutable by other things.”
“I don’t think there’s any real reason to be panicked, but we all feel the frustration and there’s a certain need for patience to help get through a relatively short period of time,” the official added.
This admission by the Biden administration comes as ports on both of America’s coasts continue to be backlogged, driving up inflation.
Reports indicate that, off the coast of California, upwards of 60 ships are stuck at the ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach with wait times of up to a month. And, it’s a similar story on the east coast with two ships anchored at the Long Island port and upwards of 20 anchored at the port near Savannah, Georgia.
President Biden and his people are trying to blame the situation, more or less, exclusively on the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans are arguing, however, that Biden and his administration shoulder at least some of the blame, pointing to Biden and the Democrats’ economic policies.
The bottom line is that the situation is out of control and there is no sign that it is going to be resolved in the near future. Some reports, citing experts, suggest that the supply chain crisis could continue through 2023.
Looking ahead to the holidays
If you have been to a store in recent months, you’ve probably already noticed shortages in everyday-type items. Now, the supply chain crisis is threatening holiday gifts, including toys for children.
Accordingly, some are encouraging people to buy such holiday gifts now, when you can still get them.
Breitbart quotes Ed Desmond, the executive vice president of the Toy Association as saying:
Get out and buy toys now. If you see toys you think the kids are going to want for Christmas, pick them up now and tuck them away to make sure you have them. Right now, stores have a pretty healthy supply. We just don’t know what’s going to happen when we get down the road closer to Christmas.
Steve Cortes, who at one point was an adviser for former President Donald Trump, is referring to this upcoming holiday season as “Biden’s Blue Christmas.”