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Psaki Stumbles, Dodges On Why Ron Klain Believes Inflation Is A ‘High Class Problem’

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki stumbled her way through an explanation of why White House chief of staff Ron Klain believes rising inflation is a “high class problem” on Thursday, ultimately dodging the question.

Klain repeatedly endorsed a tweet stating that inflation is a high class issue on Wednesday, despite inflation and supply chain chaos raising the prices of goods such as beef, eggs, chicken and other daily commodities. A reporter pressed Psaki on whether Klain’s endorsement was “tone-deaf,” an idea Psaki rejected.

“Why would Ron Klain tweet that, and would you agree that that’s a little bit tone-deaf?” the reporter asked.

Psaki then repeated the tweet Klain had shared, originally from former Obama administration official Jason Furman. She highlighted the end of the tweet, however, which stated that inflation and supply chain backlogs would not be an issue if the U.S. still had a 10% unemployment rate. (RELATED: ‘It’s Unprecedented’: Builders Running Out Of Key Construction Materials, Forced To Find Alternatives)

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“So I think the point here is, while there are some critics who are saying–what some of these critics are saying is, I don’t–we don’t know if they’re saying that what they thought was great was when the unemployment rate was double what it is today, or when people were locked in their homes and therefore gas prices were lower,” Psaki said.

“We’re at this point because the unemployment rate has come down and been cut in half, because people are buying more goods, because people are traveling and because demand is up and because the economy is turning back on,” she added.

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Psaki’s response did not address Klain’s apparent belief that inflation is only affecting “high class” Americans.

Klain’s tweet conflicted with statements from other senior administration officials from earlier this week, who warned that inflation is likely to heavily impact Christmas shopping for Americans.

“There will be things that people can’t get,” a senior White House official told Reuters. “At the same time, a lot of these goods are hopefully substitutable by other things … I don’t think there’s any real reason to be panicked, but we all feel the frustration and there’s a certain need for patience to help get through a relatively short period of time.”

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White House announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

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Chinese performers dance during a ceremony to mark the arrival of the Olympic flag and start of the flag tour for the Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022. Photo: AP

Chinese performers dance during a ceremony to mark the arrival of the Olympic flag and start of the flag tour for the Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022. Photo: AP

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UPDATED 8:20 AM PT – Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Joe Biden took a small swipe at China’s soft power. On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced the U.S. will not send any diplomatic or official representation to Beijing during the 2022 Winter Olympics. She claims the move stems from China’s genocide of Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province. However, the Biden administration will allow America’s top athletes to compete.

“The athletes on Team USA have our full support, we will be behind them 100 percent as we cheer them on from home, but will not be contributing to the fanfare of the games,” Psaki stated. “U.S. diplomatic or official representation would treat these games as business as usual in the face of the PRC’s egregious human rights abuses and atrocities in Xinjiang, and we simply can’t do that.”

U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price confirmed the partial boycott, adding regular diplomatic staff and security will remain in the country. He stressed the Biden administration will not send a special delegation that would celebrate the China-held games.

“We do intend to provide consular and diplomatic security services to ensure that our athletes, coaches, trainers, staff associated with the U.S. Olympic team, that they are secure,” said Price. “That they have access to American citizen services that we provide as a routine matter, of course, to all Americans overseas.”

The Chinese Communist Party fired back at the Biden administration denouncing the partial boycott as “grandstanding.” Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Zhao Lijan warned the CCP will take firm countermeasures against America and begged the Biden administration to capitulate.

“Without being invited, American politicians keep hyping the so-called diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, which are purely wishful thinking and grandstanding,” said Lijan. “Political manipulation is a blatant insult of the spirit of the Olympic Charter and an outright political provocation.”

The Biden administration’s actions appear to be a compromise with Republican calls against a full boycott. Several GOP lawmakers, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) have warned Biden that boycotting American athletes would only hurt those who dedicate their lives to sport.

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They pointed to former President Jimmy Carter’s pullout from the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow, which critics say did nothing to curb the Soviet Union’s occupation of Afghanistan. The USSR remained in the country for nearly a decade after the 1980 games.

“All it did was punish a generation of athletes,” said Cruz. “We’ve got young men and young woman Americans who spent their whole lives practicing for this moment. I don’t want to punish those young athletes.”

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle remain supportive of U.S. athletes dominating in the winter games.

“I really hope our young men and woman that they go over there and kick their commie asses, we need to win in the Olympics,” stated the Texas Republican.

In the meantime, it’s unclear whether the so-called diplomatic boycott will be an effective compellence strategy. The U.S. would need to be joined by several democratic nations who want to see China simmer their genocidal practices against the Uyghurs and aggressive behavior against Taiwan.

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Democrat Rep. Susan Wild claims economic woes are ‘greatly exaggerated’

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UPDATED 10:08 AM PT – Tuesday, December 7, 2021

A vulnerable Democrat representative in Pennsylvania is trying to present the economy in a positive light heading into 2022.

In a recent appearance on MSNBC, Susan Wild elaborated on a letter she co-authored with other vulnerable Democrats, expressing concern over inflation and the supply chain. She said that while it is important to keep economics at the forefront of people’s minds, jobs are being filled and the economy is doing very well.

“I want to make sure that we keep economic issues at the top of the priority list for our leadership,” stated the Democrat. “But at the same time, I think that the rumors of this economic demise are greatly exaggerated. I think we’re in really good shape headed into 2022.”

According to recent polls, 90 percent of voters are worried about the economy with 87 percent worried about inflation in particular.

Wild won reelection in 2020 by only 14,000 votes out of over 350,000 cast.

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Gottlieb: Vaccines against specific COVID variants may not work with others

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 25: Dr. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing concerning federal efforts to combat the opioid crisis, October 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. Lawmakers on the committee threatened to subpoena information from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) regarding their delayed responses about drug distributors that poured in millions of pain pills into West Virginia. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, then-commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing concerning federal efforts to combat the opioid crisis, October 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 9:30 AM PT – Monday, December 6, 2021

According to former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, variant-specific vaccines may not work against new variations of COVID. During an interview Sunday, he said there’s reason to believe developed vaccines won’t work well against the full component of different variants.

“While Omicron may become a threat in U.S., the absolute risk from it right now is very low,” Gottlieb noted. “Many people will still become infected by Delta and may find that delta natural immunity doesn’t protect well against Omicron.”

This comes as Omicron cases have reached at least 15 states in the U.S. and the CDC announced FDA officials are in talks of rushing to authorize a Omicron-specific vaccine.

“So, the question right now is whether or not this is re-infecting people who have Delta immunity and haven’t been vaccinated, or whether it’s going to also infect people who have who have been vaccinated,” Gottlieb stated. “There’s some reason to believe that vaccines could be more protective than just immunity acquired through natural infection from Delta. That’s going to be a critical question we need to figure out in the coming weeks because we have some important policy decisions that we need to make, depending on the answer.”

Meanwhile, CDC Director Rachelle Walensky said conversations remain ongoing and the number of probable Omicron cases will likely rise.

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