President Joe Biden once again opens the question about whether he’s lying to the American people or in a continuing cognitive decline.
The issue this time was a potential railroad strike that threatens to disrupt supply chains less than a month before Christmas.
It was easy to believe this issue was resolved. After all, in September Biden himself trumpeted that he helped personally brokered a deal that was a winner for all involved.
As Biden said in a statement at the time, the deal between railroad companies and the several unions they must deal with was “an important win for our economy and the American people.” It also was “a win for tens of thousands of rail workers who worked tirelessly through the pandemic,” as well as “a victory for railway companies who will be able to retain and recruit more workers. …”
Well, Big Labor snatched defeat from the jaws of Biden’s victories, as in subsequent weeks two unions rejected the proposal, sending negotiators back to the table and raising doubts about Christmastime deliveries.
“My team has been in touch with all the parties, in rooms with the parties,” he replied. “I have not directly engaged yet because they’re still talking.”
Yet just two days earlier White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters at least three times that Biden was “indeed involved directly.”
Fox News reported that Jean-Pierre told the media, “The president is indeed involved directly. I don’t want to get into the details at this time, but he has been involved. He remains focused on protecting America’s families.”
At one point during a press conference, a video of which was tweeted by the Republican National Committee, she admonishes a reporter, saying, “This is the third time I’m saying he’s been directly involved.” Fox News noted that was in response to reporter’s question about a union boss saying Biden has been absent from the process.
Fox also noted that an unidentified White House official split hairs on the questions, saying that Biden “is involved in the process as Karine said, but not the negotiations between the unions and companies themselves.”
Maybe someone in the White House should tell Joe how involved he is.