The Biden administration is trying to minimize supply chain issues. It isn't a good look.

Biden administration members.
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The White House has stumbled into a messaging problem when it comes to higher prices and empty shelves.

A week after Chief of Staff Ron Klain elicited pushback for retweeting an economist calling inflation and supply chain issues "high-class problems," Press Secretary Jen Psaki couldn't help but snark from the podium in response to a question about held up holiday goodies. "The tragedy of the treadmill that's delayed," she quipped. Her comment came on the heels of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg attributing the spike in demand for consumer goods to President Biden having "successfully guided this economy out of the teeth of a terrifying recession."

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