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Biden’s Commerce Secy. Raimondo tries to defend mishandling of supply chains

Randy Mancini 20 October 31, 2021
US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo speaks to the press during the inaugural US-EU Trade and Technology Council in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 29, 2021. - US and EU officials will hold two days of high-level meetings in Pittsburgh this week in an effort to repair relations damaged under the administration of Donald Trump and boost cooperation on technology issues. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo speaks to the press during the inaugural U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 29, 2021. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo has continued to defend Joe Biden’s poor handling of supply chain disruptions in recent months.

“I will say we are making progress. You know, due to the president’s leadership, we now have the ports open 24/7 and the two largest and busiest ports,” she said.

During an interview on Sunday, Raimondo claimed the U.S. economy could not be reopened overnight and downplayed the severity of the supply glut in the Port of Los Angeles. This comes despite the number of cargo ships stuck in the port, which has reportedly risen from 100 to 169 in recent days as Biden continues to pay people not to work.

However, Raimondo has been blaming the private sector for Biden’s policy failures.

“There are backups. And as I said, this isn’t something that can be fixed overnight, but the important thing is, you know, fundamentally, supply chains and logistics are run by the private sector,” said Raimondo. “People say to me, will Christmas gifts be delivered? To which I say, call FedEx. You know that isn’t what the government does.”

Economists say excessive regulations by Biden and California Democrats have crippled trucking and port operations. They added the supply glut is beneficial to large corporations, while it’s hurting small and medium-sized businesses.

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