White House Daily Briefing
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki held a briefing on the Biden administration’s policy agenda. She previewed a meeting between the president and business leaders to address disruptions in the supply chain. She then answered questions on a number of topics including reconciliation and infrastructure, the debt ceiling, inflation, and the Texas vaccine mandate ban.
Oct. 12, 2021
OCTOBER 12, 2021•PRESS BRIEFINGSJames S. Brady Press
MS. PSAKI: Hi, everyone. Okay, a couple of items for all of you at the top. As the country recovers from this once-in-a-century pandemic and economic crisis, the private businesses that make up our supply chains and get goods to businesses and the American people have struggled to keep up. We’ve talked about this a fair amount in this briefing room.
This is not just happening here at home, but all around the world as COVID has led to shutdowns and disruptions at ports and factories around the world.
In June, the White House launched the Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force to address short-term supply chain bottlenecks. And after working closely with the leaders and companies at that port — on potential solutions, we announced a new port envoy to the task force in August.
Solving this issue is going to require cooperation between the private sector, including rail and trucking, ports, and labor unions. And so, tomorrow, the President will be meeting with the leadership of the Port of Los Angeles, the Port of Long Beach, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to discuss the challenges at ports across the country and actions each partner can take to address these delays.
The administration will also hold a roundtable tomorrow with private sector companies, including Walmart, UPS, Home Depot, to discuss how the largest cargo owners and shipping companies can address congestion in the transportation and logistics supply chain.
We’ll also have a briefing later this evening with all of you, and people who are not in this room right now, to give you more details on any announcements for tomorrow.
I also wanted to note — I had one more item. I may — maybe I’ll get back to it at the end.
It’s also Jenny Leonard’s birthday, so we’ll just note that. Happy Birthday to Jenny.
There’s going to be a bilateral meeting with the President of Kenya later this week. I’ll get you more details after the briefing... more
OCTOBER 12, 2021•STATEMENTS AND RELEASES
On Thursday October 14, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will host President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya at the White House. The leaders will discuss the strong U.S.-Kenyan bilateral relationship and the need to bring transparency and accountability to domestic and international financial systems. They will also discuss efforts to defend democracy and human rights, advance peace and security, accelerate economic growth, and tackle climate change. The meeting will build on the leaders’ phone call in February and on President Biden’s commitment to the U.S. partnership with Africa based on principles of mutual respect and equality.
Defense Department BriefingDefense Department Spokesman John Kirby briefs reporters at the Pentagon.
OCT. 12, 2021
Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby
...And then starting today; rural Australian, Indian, Japan maritime self defense force and U.S Navies are conducting multilateral training as part of Exercise Malabar 2021 with a focus on naval cooperation and interoperability.
The Department of defense continually seeks opportunities to integrate with our allies and partners to improve our effectiveness and create an information sharing environment. And we look forward to further strengthening the bonds between these nations and with that we'll take questions. Bob... more