Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Thursday that Ron Klain’s rousing Twitter habits are “not a top priority” after the White House chief of staff claimed on Thursday that inflation is a problem for the wealthy.
White House Chief of Staff Ronald Klain claimed Wednesday night that the current economic problems in the US, including inflation and supply chain delays, are simply “high-quality problems.”
Jason Furman, a Harvard economics professor and former chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, tweeted, “Most of the economic problems we face (inflation, supply chains, etc.) are high-quality problems.”
“We wouldn’t have had them if the unemployment rate was still 10 percent,” he added of past rates. “Instead, we would have had a much worse problem.”
Klain retweeted the message along with “This” and two emoji fingers pointing down at the tweet – indicating his agreement.
Asked about the tweet, Psaki said Klain’s Twitter “isn’t a top priority at the moment.”
“The chief of staff there speaks of his own accord . . . as any chief of staff does. I think it’s also important that everyone here can bring up points that they find interesting, that’s the purpose of public speech.’
Still, Psaki had a long reply ready to explain away Klain’s tweet.
“The point here is that some of these critics… we don’t know if they’re saying what they thought was great when the unemployment rate was double what it is now, or when people were locked in their homes and therefore gas prices were lower.” . We are at this point because unemployment has fallen and halved because people are buying more goods, because people are traveling, because demand is rising and the economy is picking up again.’
Klain’s tweet had sparked outrage from Republicans.
“As long as we’re on the subject of class, it looks like Mr. Klain and the entire Biden White House missed Economics 101,” Georgia Republican Representative Buddy Carter told DailyMail.com on Thursday.
“Inflation hurts working families and fixed income seniors the most, while their runaway spending leaves all our children and grandchildren with a crushing mountain of debt to China,” he continued.
Florida GOP representative Byron Donalds told the Daily Mail that Klain’s comments point to the “tone deafness” of the Biden administration.
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain agreed on Wednesday that US economic problems are ‘high-level problems’
“The ignorance the White House faces comes from above, and it shows in the tone-deaf statements by the press secretary and chief of staff,” he said.
“While ignoring the reality of Biden’s failed economic agenda, ordinary Americans feel the pain of Bidenomics at the pump, the grocery store and just about every aspect of everyday life,” the congressman continued. “The American people are no better off today than they were before Biden took office, and skyrocketing inflation is one of the many reasons why this is the case.”
Klain also retweeted a message Wednesday from Democratic Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy, who wrote, “In an economy that gives power to workers, not just employers, people are constantly quitting their jobs to get a better job. Economic mobility is a good thing. Not a bad thing.’
Prices are rising in the US, in part because ships are stranded in ports while waiting for trucks to pick up the shipping containers, leading to shortages and delays and further exacerbating rising inflation.
He responded to a tweet from Obama’s former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers who said the problems would be “much worse” if the unemployment rate was still 10%.
Klain also has a message from Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy retweeted claiming people are quitting their jobs to get better jobs as minimum wage jobs see a shortage of workers
Confusingly, Psaki said during her briefing on Wednesday that inflation has fallen 50 percent in recent months, despite all the data to the contrary.
“We’ve seen a decline over time,” Psaki told reporters. ‘In the second and third quarters of this year, the monthly inflation increases actually slowed down.’
Compared to September 2020, consumer prices are up 5.4 percent, according to data from the Ministry of Labor released on Wednesday.
This indicates a 13-year high inflation.
In response, the Social Security Administration announced on Wednesday that it is working through its largest cost of living rise in nearly 40 years.
Biden also announced a deal on Wednesday that will expand operations at the Port of Los Angeles as the shipping container traffic jam threatens the economy and holiday shopping. There have been a slew of warnings that there will be a shortage of goods around the holiday season this year.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said confusingly that Wednesday inflation has fallen by 50% in recent months, despite the figures from the Department of Labor compared to September 2020, consumer prices are up 5.4 percent.
The consumer price index rose 5.4 percent in September from a year ago, slightly higher than the 5.3 percent increase in August and in line with the increases in June and July
Prices have risen on a wide range of key goods as high inflation continues to hit US consumers
Social media erupted in criticism of Klain’s tweet Wednesday, claiming that Biden’s top aide downplays the hardships Americans are experiencing as inflation rises and unemployment remains high — at 4.8 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revealed. in its jobs report on Friday.
Difficulty paying for food, fuel and housing because of rising prices is not a ‘high-level problem,’ tweeted Tommy Pigott, the Republican National Committee’s rapid response director. “Biden makes everyone worse off, but instead of stopping the damage, their strategy is to try to light Americans with gas.”
Republican lawmakers weren’t happy either.
“Inflation is hurting every family in America,” Michigan Republican Representative Lisa McClain told DailyMail.com.
“Ron Klain’s comments show how genuinely he and the Biden administration are out of touch with the American people,” she added.
Ohio Republican Representative Mike Turner tweeted: “Since when does paying more for gas, electricity, eggs and meat only affect the ‘upper class’? The Biden administration has absolutely no contact with the American people.”
‘Since when does paying more for gas, electricity, eggs and meat only affect the ‘high class’?’ Ohio Representative Mike Turner tweeted.
“The Biden administration has absolutely no contact with the American people,” he added.
Kansas Republican Senator Roger Marshall told the Daily Mail, “Make no mistake, the steep inflation that is hurting the bank accounts of all Americans rests squarely on the shoulders of the socialist economic policy coming out of the White House.”
“Over the past year, prices for petrol at the pump, groceries and other household items have steadily risen,” he added. “Whether the Biden administration recognizes the truth or not, inflation is a hidden tax that hurts everyone, but no more than our seniors and young hardworking families who live paycheck to paycheck.”
Representative Dan Bishop said: “The skyrocketing inflation and supply chain shortages cannot be dismissed by the Biden White House as ‘high-value problems’ alone.
“The cost of living is on the rise for hard-working Americans right now, and there’s no arguing about that. Not only is President Biden out of touch with the problems Americans face, but he clearly has no plan to solve the economic crisis he has caused,” he said.
When the pandemic first hit the country in early 2020, the unemployment rate reached a terrifyingly high rate of 14.7 percent. The latest numbers are the lowest since then.
The BLS also published in the report that the US added just 194,000 jobs in September.