White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre looks on during the Daily Press Briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, on June 2, 2022. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images) (CNSNews.com) – White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Thursday was unable to say exactly who at the White House made President Biden aware of the baby formula shortage or exactly when he was told.
“I became aware of this problem sometime in — after April — in early April, about how intense it was,” Biden said after a virtual meeting Wednesday on accelerating infant formula production through Operation Fly Formula.
When pressed about exactly who told the president that there was an issue, the press secretary would only say “senior White House staff” informed the president.
CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins asked the press secretary on Thursday, “And on formula: Did the president have any conversations with any cabinet secretaries or the FDA commissioner once he was confirmed in February about the formula shortage before April?” JEAN-PIERRE: I don’t have any meetings to read out specifically on that for you. Look, you know, as — as more — as you all know, the President spoke to — to this yesterday: As more abnormalities were seen in supply and sales started to decrease in April — you know, because people have asked about this — senior White House staff made — made the president aware of the problem, and this was in April. I don’t have any calls to read out for you.
COLLINS: Which senior White House staff made the president aware?
JEAN-PIERRE: I — so, as you know, the president deals with issues on a regular basis and that — that boils up to him, and it’s just an — there’s no specific person that I […]
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