After having visited the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this week, Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) expressed serious concerns about the Biden administration’s prioritization of baby formula for illegal immigrants while the American people are experiencing a shortage.
During an appearance on Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria” on Thursday, Carter said that the Biden administration’s handling of the baby formula shortage was “tone-deaf” as he recalled seeing a well-stocked supply of formula at a migrant facility near the southern border.
“We did see baby formula, the infant formula at the border, and of course, we were looking for it,” he said. “And you know, it’s so sad because when you walk into these warehouses that they have here, particularly the Donna facility, which is where they have the unaccompanied children and their families there, it looks like a Costco.”
Carter went on to point out that the Biden administration was warned about the potential shortage of baby formula back in October of last year, yet it doesn’t appear that the White House made any attempts to prevent it from happening.
“I mean, it’s just shelves of all kinds of different materials, but the baby formula was the most upsetting of all of that because — and I have to say that the president is not being truthful here,” Carter said. “Maybe he didn’t know about it, but that just proves how tone-deaf they are at the White House because during the Energy Commerce, O & I Committee meeting, where it was indicated that there was a whistleblower letter sent to the FDA back in October that didn’t get to them until the middle of February, and then blame it on mailroom issues.”
Even with “mailroom issues,” the administration was fully aware of the issue since February at least, and could have been doing something to help stave off the shortage, according to the Georgia Republican. There were other signs indicating a shortage was coming, even without the whistleblower letter, Carter noted.
“The [FDA Commissioner Robert] Califf said, blame it on mail room issues,” he said. “I mean, this is ridiculous. This has been — the infant formula shortage has been building up for months. It didn’t just happen when the facility in Michigan was closed down. Yes, that exasperated it, and yes, it amplified it, but this has been going on for quite some time now.”