President Biden touted the efforts of his provide chain disruption crew on Wednesday whilst White House press secretary Jen Psaki admitted that the administration can not assure the on-time arrival of Christmas presents amid world provide chain delays and gridlocked U.S. ports. 

“I want to thank my Supply Chain Disruption Task Force, which we set up in June, led by Secretaries [Pete] Buttigieg, [Gina] Raimondo, and [Tom] Vilsack, and by my Director of National Economic Council Bryan Deese. I want to thank them for their leadership,” the president mentioned.

He singled out John Porcari, whom the administration tapped as port envoy in August.


“I especially want to thank Joe Porcari, and I think Joe’s done one heck of a job, my special envoy specifically on ports, who’s been working this issue with all the stakeholders for the past several weeks,” the president added.

But ports are clogged and Santa could also be coming late together with his presents, suggesting the reward might be untimely. George W. Bush as soon as acquired known as out for telling FEMA Director Michael Brown, amid the unaddressed devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, “Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job.”

During one other press briefing on Wednesday, Psaki mentioned the White House “cannot guarantee” that Christmas presents will arrive on time. 

“We are not the Postal Service, UPS or FedEx. We cannot guarantee,” Psaki mentioned. “What we can do is use every lever at the federal government’s disposal to reduce delays, to ensure we are addressing bottlenecks in the system, including ports and the need for them to be open longer hours so that goods can arrive. And we continue to press — not only workers and unions — but also companies to take as many steps as they can to reduce these delays.”

Biden introduced Wednesday that extra U.S. ports shall be working 24 hours a day and 7 days every week, beefing up their schedules from the common Monday to Friday hours, and that firms have made enhancements to handle provide chain points. 

Even so, provide chain issues stay a mounting concern as world economies try to satisfy surging demand and get better from the COVID-19 pandemic. Shortages of primary home goods, similar to rest room paper, uncooked supplies wanted for building, and demanding tech elements like semiconductors have contributed to a surge in costs for shoppers.

Despite the administration’s efforts – which can embody relaxing regulations on truckers – the availability chain Grinch might steal a number of the extremely anticipated Christmas presents.

“There will be things that people can’t get,” a senior White House official told Reuters when requested about vacation purchasing.

The White House didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.