During Tuesday’s press briefing, Psaki said the administration is “acting to bolster food security around the globe,” dismissing the threat of supply chain challenges domestically. In doing so, she also signaled the White House commitment to support foreign countries in favor of American consumers.
Psaki did her best to reassure the media that supporting the ongoing war in Ukraine will not harm ordinary Americans. Her apparent confidence stands in stark contrast to Biden’s warning issued last month while he was traveling in Europe to promote U.S. involvement in European affairs.
Biden said in Belgium that he had spoken with NATO allies about food shortages, and said, “It’s going to be real.” He admitted then that the sanctions being imposed would not only impact Russia, but would also create food supply problems for many countries, including those in Europe and the U.S.
The White House is now telling the country that there are no expected shortages at home in an effort to soften Biden’s statement to European allies that sanctions would create those very shortages.
It is possible that the administration is aware of the problems that could arise if Biden’s current statements that shortages are just a “price” Americans must pay to support a European war are compared with his earlier campaign statements. During the 2020 presidential race as the COVID-19 pandemic hammered the country, Biden said the country “doesn’t have a food shortage problem, we have a leadership problem.”
Now that food shortages are a real prospect amid the worst inflation seen in the U.S. in over four decades, the administration’s approach seems to be a shift to pretending the problems do not really exist. At least, it seems they are laying the framework to lay blame elsewhere for the real prospect of greater economic troubles that are on the way.