Former President Donald Trump denounced Democrats over the national baby food shortage, suggesting the problem is being overlooked, despite extensive media coverage and outrage from his political allies.
Trump made the comments Friday in a sharply worded statement criticizing Democrats for approving an aid package to Ukraine as parents in the US face a baby food shortage. Despite saying the baby food shortage has been ignored, Trump joins other Republicans who are using the lingering issue to attack President Joe Biden for his handling of the economy.
“The Democrats are sending another $40 billion to Ukraine, but America’s parents are struggling to even feed their children,” Trump said in the statement. “There is a huge shortage of formulas, but no one is talking about it – it is a national disgrace.”
He added that the fact that parents are “not able to get nutrition for their newborns and babies is a sign of perpetual disgrace to the Democratic Party. America First!”
Grocery price tracker Datasembly estimated the out-of-stock fluctuation for baby food at 43 percent for the week ending May 8. For the first half of 2021, the out-of-stock fluctuation for baby food was between 2 and 8 percent, according to Datasembly.
Baby food availability began to decline in July 2021 and was exacerbated by product recalls, supply chain disruptions and historic inflation, Ben Reich, CEO of Datasembly, said in a statement earlier this week.
As the shortage continued, stores have rationed baby food and frustrated parents have reported having to drive for hours looking for available bottles or cans, only to find empty store shelves. Parents have formed Facebook groups to track down the increasingly elusive product, and doctors have warned about what can and cannot be mixed to extend formula supplies.
The problem has remained in the headlines. Republicans, who have often hammered Biden over his approach to the economy, have stepped up their attacks on the president for the deficit.
“Did you ever think that in America we would reach a point where mothers can’t find baby food?” Republican Representative Jim Jordan tweeted Friday.
On Tuesday, 57 House Republicans voted against a nearly $40 billion aid package for Ukraine. Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene explained to her in a tweet that she didn’t vote, saying the package is doing “things we shouldn’t,” especially as Americans face a baby food shortage. Donald Trump Jr. also weighed in on a tweet criticizing the vote.
Republicans aren’t the only ones talking about the issue. Congressional Democrats have scheduled a hearing on the deficit later this month. Biden has also called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate reports of price increases for baby food. The White House also says it is working to streamline requirements for baby food manufacturers.
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