Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary was interviewed Wednesday about the recent supply chain news impacting Christmas delivery this year.
Recent headlines have focused on the problems in the supply chain, which has seen thousands of containers sitting at ports, unloading but not being used.
During the White House daily briefing, Psaki was a bit dismissive and raised eyebrows about this topic.
@edokeefe asks, can the White House guarantee holiday packages will arrive on time despite supply chain challenges?
Psaki: “We aren’t the Postal Service, UPS, FedEx. It is impossible to guarantee. “We do everything we can to lessen delays. pic.twitter.com/4omVChOoz3
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 13, 2021
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Psaki: ‘We Are Not The Postal Service, UPS Or FedEx’
Psaki indicated that, while Biden would make every effort to address any possible delivery delays during the holiday season, it could not guarantee any of these steps.
A reporter asked her, “Based on everything being announced today can this administration guarantee the holiday packages will arrive on time?”
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Psaki replied, “We are not the Postal Service, UPS or FedEx. We cannot guarantee.”
“What we do is use every lever at the federal government’s disposal to reduce delays, to ensure that we are addressing bottlenecks in the system including ports and the need for them to be open longer hours so that goods can arrive,” Psaki said.
She added, “And we can continue to press not only workers and unions but also companies to take as many steps as they can to reduce these delays.”
United States Postal Service stated that customers should ship their first-class package by December 17, while priority mail must be received by December 18.
Mail call: @USPS @FedEx•amp; @UPSFor gifts that must be delivered by December 25, the ship-by date for gift delivery should be released. This Saturday is this year. @CBSNews rpts; some domestic deadlines *16 days* before #Christmas: https://t.co/Lx6tXck206
— Mark Albert (@malbertnews) October 12, 2021
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Many are concerned by possible delays in the Christmas Season
CBS News reported on Tuesday, “The U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and UPS have released recommended ship-by dates for gifts to be delivered in time for the December 25 holiday, which lands on a Saturday this year.”
“With Supply chain issues slowing deliveries to both retail stores and home doorsteps — and the USPS delays mail delivery as part of a broad cost-cutting plan — retailers were already recommending consumers shop (and ship) early.” CBS News noted.
While it may not seem like the biggest deal in the world, most Americans – living in the world’s superpower – expect basic services to work. Their government should provide conditions that enable them to unload thousands of empty container ships and allow goods to freely move.
Psaki’s flippant response is not a good look for the White House.
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