Sen. Tom Cotton had no filter regarding President Biden during an interview on Thursday when discussing the worsening shortage of baby formula.
In an interview with Fox News’ Harris Faulkner, the Arkansas Republican said the current shortage was entirely preventable and should have been.
“The formula shortage is rank, reprehensible incompetence by the Biden Administration. They should have taken these steps months ago. The steps they are taking now won’t have a major effect for months to come,” he said.
“The FDA should have gotten off its duff long ago and authorized that plant in Michigan to reopen. The FDA at root is one of the main reasons why we have this formula shortage,” Cotton, an Army infantry officer vet and Harvard-educated lawyer, continued.
“This is an artificial shortage here in America created by the Biden Administration’s incompetence,” he continued.
The Biden administration’s incompetence caused the nation’s formula shortage. Their response is too little too late.
— Tom Cotton
Before Cotton’s remarks, Faulkner played a clip of MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski grilling a Biden administration official over the shortages, which are unprecedented in modern times.
“I’m not feeling an intensity. Do you want to know where there is not a baby formula crisis? In Poland, on the border, where they took in almost 4 million people in three months, and there’s enough formula there. There’s food. They’ve set up housing,” Brzezinski said.
“They’ve been able to do all of this, by the way, with the help, with the fundamental help of the U.S. Military. So my question is, why isn’t there the same mobilization here in America for this crisis? I mean, mothers are being told to go to websites or to drive hours or to try formula that might make their babies sick.
“Are we really here?” she asked.
“What is solving the problem, not in a matter of weeks, but when are we going to see formula in the mouths of babies in America without any stress in terms of getting it?”
President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that his administration would be taking new actions to attempt to alleviate ongoing infant formula shortages in the United States, including invoking the Defense Production Act.
The President is invoking the act — which allows the government more control over industrial production during emergencies — to direct suppliers of formula ingredients to prioritize delivery to the manufacturers of formula.
Biden also announced the creation of Operation Fly Formula, which directs the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture to utilize the Defense Department’s commercial planes to import formula from abroad.