Former President Donald Trump criticized Democrats for a national shortage of baby formula and suggested the problem is being overlooked, despite extensive media coverage and outrage from his political allies.
Trump made the comments Friday in a strongly worded statement criticizing Democrats for passing an aid package to Ukraine as parents across the United States face baby formula shortages. Despite saying the baby formula shortage has been ignored, Trump joins other Republicans who are using the current issue to attack President Joe Biden for his handling of the economy.
“Democrats are sending another $40 billion to Ukraine, but American parents are struggling to even feed their children,” Trump said in the statement. “There is a massive shortage of formula, but no one talks about it, it’s a national disgrace.”
He added that the failure of parents to “feed their newborns and infants is a sign of eternal shame for the Democratic Party. America First!”
Grocery price tracker Datasembly pegged baby formula stock-out fluctuation at 43 percent for the week ending May 8. During the first half of 2021, baby formula stock-out fluctuation was between 2 percent and 8 percent, according to Data Assemblage.
Baby formula availability began to decline in July 2021 and was made worse by product recalls, supply chain disruptions and historic inflation, Datasembly CEO Ben Reich said in a statement earlier this week. week.
As shortages continue, stores have rationed baby formula and frustrated parents have reported hours of driving for available bottles or cans, only to find empty store shelves. Parents have formed Facebook groups to help track the increasingly elusive product, and doctors have issued warnings about what can and cannot be mixed to stretch formula supplies.
The problem has remained in the headlines. Republicans, who have frequently criticized Biden for his handling of the economy, have stepped up their attacks on the president over shortages.
“Did you ever think we’d get to a point in America where moms can’t find baby formula?” Republican Representative Jim Jordan tweeted Friday.
On Tuesday, 57 House Republicans voted against a nearly $40 billion aid package for Ukraine. Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene explained her vote against it in a tweet, saying the package “does things we shouldn’t be doing,” especially as Americans face a shortage of baby formula. Donald Trump Jr. also chimed in with a tweet criticizing the vote.
Republicans aren’t the only ones talking about it. Congressional Democrats have scheduled a hearing on the shortage for later this month. Biden has also asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate reports of price gouging for baby formula. The White House also says it is working to simplify requirements for manufacturers of baby formula.
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