The White House has walked back a number of remarks President Biden made in a CNN town hall Thursday night.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday Biden is ‘not actively pursuing’ bringing in the National Guard to deal with product shortages.
‘Any president has the ability to use the National Guard from the federal level. Requesting the use of the National Guard at the state level, which is often how its done, is under the preview of governors and we’re not actively asking them to do that and we’re not actively pursuing the use of the National Guard on a federal level,’ she said.
‘But it is something that any president would have the capacity to do, the authority to do, but it is not something under active consideration,’ the press secretary added.
‘The answer is yes,’ the president said, asked if he would send in the guard to alleviate supply chain issues that are leading to product shortages and rampant inflation. ‘Absolutely, positively,’ he added.
Asked if he would consider sending in the guard to drive trucks, the president said: ‘Yes, if we can’t increase the number of truckers.’
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Source: Daily Mail