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White House: ‘Unnecessary’ to hoard grocery items because ‘supply chains’ in U.S. ‘strong’

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, takes questions from the press at a coronavirus update briefing Saturday, March 14, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

(USA Features) The Trump administration issued a statement Sunday reassuring Americans that they needn’t engaging in “panic buying” of grocery items because there is little danger of coronavirus-related shortages.

“Supply chains in the United States are strong, and it is unnecessary for the American public to hoard daily essentials,” the White House said in a statement announcing that President Donald Trump spoke with over two dozen grocery store and supply chain executives.

Trump spoke to the grocery executives about the importance of keeping shelves stocked while also thanking them for managing to keep much of the public supplied around the nation as best they can.



“The President reminded the participants that this is an all-of-America approach and each of their stores and the stores they support can help Americans feel calm and safe when shelves are stocked with the items they need,” the statement from White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said.

Grocery store CEOs from Target, Publix, Whole Foods, Aldi, Kroger, Costco, Meijer, Walmart, Dollar General, Albertson’s, and Wegmans participated in the call as well as other food companies such as Campbell Soup, General Mills, PepsiCo, Tyson Food, and Kraft Heinz, Breitbart News reported.

“The President thanked the executives for their close partnership and pledged to stay in close communication,” Deere said.


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