This past Wednesday, President Joe Biden managed to make yet another gaffe while making an announcement concerning the most recent international shipment of baby formula from the White House’s “Operation Fly Formula” initiative by making the claim that it would carry a whopping total of “3.7 bottles of formula.”
At the start of a recent meeting with major U.S. manufacturers of baby formula that happened on Wednesday, Biden issued a short series of supposedly prepared statements that tried to brag about his administration’s currently working response programs to the shortage. After highlighting two previous shipments that have already landed and stated dispersal, Biden attempted to stammer through another announcement of yet another 2 shipments from Australia and the United Kingdom there were set up by the White House, which included a 3.7 million bottle shipment from Kendal, a U.K.-based producer. However, Biden screwed up the prepared announcement again, claiming that the shipment would carry just 3.7 bottles instead of the actual 3.7 million.
“We’re here today to hear from these manufacturers and to get updates on the progress we’re making together,” claimed Biden. “The shortage of baby formula is due to the closure back in February of one of Abbott’s infant formula plants. We needed to take immediate action to stop contaminated—” he continued before repeatedly correcting himself. “We needed to take immediate action to stop contaminate— contaminated formula from hitting store shelves and putting American children at risk.”
Biden then bragged about the Food and Drug Administration’s response to the shortage, making the claim that the FDA “acted quickly” in order to set Aboott’s plan back into motion compliant with all federal regulations. “But it takes time” to restart the factory lines, claimed Biden, highlighting that Abbott is the source for well over 40% of all infant formula that is sold across the U.S. Old Uncle Joe then went on to talk about the steps that the administration took to try and stem the tide, first bragging about his invocation of the Defense Production Act to get ingredients quickly to the producers.
“Second, we launched Operation Fly Formula, the major effort to airlift infant formula that meets American health standards and safety standards. Today I am proud to say that because of these flights, high-quality formula is already on the way to American shelves. To date, we’ve already conducted two flights with 1.5 million 8-ounce bottles [worth] of Nestle and Gerber’s hydro— excuse me, hypoallergenic formulas for children with severe allergies. Without Operation Fly Formula … it would have taken … three weeks to get this product to the United States. Because of our actions, it took three days … and today, I’m announcing plans for a third flight with Bubbs Australia. … This flight would bring 4.6 million bottles of infant formula, and pave the way for up to 27.5 million total bottles of Bubbs infant formula to be supplied to American families in the weeks ahead.”
And in the end, Biden bragged about the moves from the FDA to try and fast-track the approvals of far more imports of baby formula from around the globe. He also talked about a plan from United Airlines to donate their flights to help move the baby formula out of the U.K. “Today, we’re announcing that United Airlines has agreed to offer cargo space for Kendal Nutricare, for the delivery of 3.7 bottles of the formula, here in the States,” stated Biden. “I want to thank United Airlines for partnering with us to get this done. They’re doing it on their own.”
Biden: "Today we're announcing that the United Airlines has agreed to offer cargo space — for the delivery of 3.7 bottles of baby formula." pic.twitter.com/TuqrrPfrGT
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 1, 2022