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WH Has Found Another Source to Blame for Supply Chain Crisis
The White House is no novice to assigning blame. As gas prices and inflation hit new highs, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has been repeatedly accused. Even President Joe Biden’s official Twitter account blasted the “Putin Price Hike” in a thread on Tuesday, as the president defended his decision to draw into strategic oil supplies. However, it’s important to emphasize that these issues existed even before Russia’s unproven invasion of Ukraine in February.
NEW: White House press sec. Jen Psaki says Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s “unnecessary and redundant” inspections of trucks at border are “causing significant disruptions” to supply chains. https://t.co/yLTElwctJS pic.twitter.com/vA2DUiysdZ— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 13, 2022
The newest narrative is when Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary, has blamed Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) for the supply chain problems.
“Governor Abbott’s unnecessary and redundant inspections of trucks transiting ports of entry between Texas and Mexico are causing significant disruptions in the food and automobile supply chains, delaying manufacturing, affecting jobs, and raising prices for families in Texas and across the country,” Psaki claims in her statement.
While Psaki’s statement laments about the free flow of legal trade and travel, as well as CBP’s capacity to perform its job, Abbott’s reason is not mentioned.
Additionally, supply chain problems have existed for months. The Biden administration has also failed miserably in this regard. As Katie reported in October, Psaki chuckled at a reporter’s query and responded sarcastically, noting the tragedy of the delayed treadmill.
Until Biden enforces immigration laws, Texas will continue to use its own strategies to secure the border.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 13, 2022
This historic agreement between Texas & Nuevo León is a major step in the Lone Star State's efforts to secure the border in the federal government's absence. pic.twitter.com/2ycOWgRpRp
Gov. Abbott has ordered that trucks entering the US from Mexico be subjected to further inspections. On April 6, he wrote to Texas Department of Public Safety Colonel Steven C. McCraw, requesting that expanded safety inspections of cars passing through ports of entry be conducted, citing cartels that transport unlawful contraband and persons across our southern border as his motive.
After striking a deal with the governor of neighboring Nuevo Leon in Mexico, Abbott said on Wednesday that he will halt inspections at one bridge in Laredo. However, throughout Texas’ 1,200-mile border, some of the most severe truck delays and bridge closures have occurred elsewhere.
Abbott said state troopers would continue to examine arriving commercial vehicles until the governors of Mexico’s three other bordering states reach an agreement with Texas on security. He didn’t specify what those actions would have to include.