With the world reopening in this latest stage of the pandemic and the holiday season looming, a stratospheric increase in demand has led to global supply chain issues.
While President Joe Biden's administration has taken action to combat these issues—such as expanding the Port of Los Angeles' hours to 24/7, securing commitments from top importers to expedite shipping container removal, and signing off on 100 day reviews of vulnerabilities in the supply chain—these issues will likely get worse before they get better.
The ex-counsellor to former President Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, recently appeared in a Fox News interview where she boasted that the Trump administration never saw a supply chain crisis in all the years she worked at the White House.
"I worked in that White House for four years. We never even heard of a such of a thing. There was no supply chain crisis."
It should come as no surprise that the person who coined the term "alternative facts" wasn't being entirely accurate.
Trump had long called for an American divestment from the international supply chain and levied massive tariffs against countries like China in order to achieve that. However, as with Biden, the most severe supply chain crisis in Trump's administration was mostly pandemic-induced.
In the early stages of the pandemic that's upended daily life in the United States for nearly two years, there were massive medical and grocery supply chain shortages as Americans prepared to shelter in place and to slow the spread of the virus.
People were astonished that Conway didn't seem to remember this—so they soon reminded her.
The alternate reality Conway presented wasn't well received.