A White House official on Thursday rebuffed President Biden’s claim that he would be prepared to use the National Guard to help manage the country’s supply chain crisis.
Anderson Cooper asked Biden at a CNN presidential town hall if he would consider having members of the National Guard drive trucks to make up for the lack of truckers.
Biden said he would and that he also had a timeline for resolving the crisis.
“I had a timeline for, first of all, I want the ports up and running,” Biden said, saying he had commitments from Walmart and other companies.
When Cooper asked for further clarification on whether Biden would want the National Guard to drive trucks, the president said, “The answer is yes, if we can’t increase the number of truckers, which we are. currently doing .”
After Biden’s comments, a White House official told CNN: “Asking for the use of the National Guard at the state level is up to the governors, and we are not actively pursuing the use of the Guard. national at the federal level. “
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Top GOP leaders and 160 lawmakers on Wednesday called on Biden to make amends for the United States supply chain crisis or face a doomed holiday season.
In a letter to the president first obtained by Fox News, Republicans called on Biden to reverse his coronavirus policy they say has disrupted the United States Infrastructure capacities and supply chains.
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“We ask you to stop the litany of nefarious regulatory actions that drive up energy costs and to stop attacking American companies with vaccine warrants, taxes and government aid that discourage work.” , said the ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., Who directed the letter to Biden, said.
Fox News’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.
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