Joe Biden has mostly stayed away from any mention of or comment on former President Donald Trump since he moved into the White House. That changed yesterday although it is too early to tell if this is a new tactic by Biden or if he just went off-script.
Speaking on a zoom call Biden said: “As a former ambassador said, they were focusing on the knees, particularly of the most left behind community– the African-American community. I mean, it really is across the board, but on this area specifically.
“As I might add are the Latino communities being left behind, not as much but similarly, and Pacific Islanders.
“So there’s a lot of work to do. And that’s why we want to talk to you to see whether we’re headed in the right direction.
“Again, I’m going to go back to the whole question of equity. What we’re trying to do– my team and I– is get people who in fact have been most hurt by this pandemic to places where they are comfortable, where they have comfort in going.
“They don’t feel like they are not intimidated by the circumstance.
“And they’re used to going to their grocery store or they’re used to going to their drugstore or pharmacy.
“They’re used to doing those things. But we also are trying to get out mobile units in the communities, not only inner-city but rural communities that don’t have as much access.
“And I think there’s a growing awareness that injecting bleach into your system doesn’t do it for you,
“We’re an administration that thinks science matters. Science matters. And it has to be available to the poorest among us and those who are most hurt by this COVID crisis across the board.
“And that’s what we’re doing. You have any questions for me?
The Biden administration is building on Trump’s push to bring critical industries back home with an executive order. This is good news if they follow through, but when I see 100 day review I worry they are doing this for optics not to actually make changes.
The Biden officials said the pandemic revealed how dangerously reliant the United States has become on foreign countries for these critical materials.
The scarcity of medical supplies during the early stages of the pandemic was the most obvious example. But similar vulnerabilities were exposed for the automobile industry due to shortage of semiconductor chips, which are also used in everything from cars and smartphones to medical devices and toasters.
John Neuffer, the chief executive of the Semiconductor Industry Association, says the shortages caused by the pandemic demonstrated how quickly problems can get out of hand if even just one piece of the supply chain is broken – or delayed.
“For the long term, I think what the review is going to find is we need to have more semiconductors made here in the good ‘ol U.S. of A,” said Neuffer, whose organization represents companies like Intel, Micron and Qualcomm.
“Right now, most of them are made overseas. And I think this pandemic has put in focus the reality that some of our supply chains need to be rebalanced,” Neuffer said in an interview with NPR.
An initial 100-day review will look at four products: chips, large capacity batteries used in electric cars, pharmaceuticals, and rare earth minerals. Then, the administration will take a closer look at six sectors: defense, public health and biological preparedness, communications technology, transportation, energy, and food production.