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WH chief of staff slammed over post calling supply chain crisis ‘high class problems’


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White House chief of staff Ronald Klain is as soon as once more dealing with criticism over a retweet this week when he shared a post that categorized current nationwide financial malaise attributable to a supply-chain crunch as “high class problems.” 

Late Wednesday, Klain shared a post from Harvard professor Jason Furman and wrote “This” with two emoji palms pointing a finger down on the unique tweet. 

“Most of the economic problems we’re facing (inflation, supply chains, etc.) are high class problems. We wouldn’t have had them if the unemployment rate was still 10 percent. We would instead have had a much worse problem,” Furman wrote, apparently referring to when Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell stated the employment price in January was round 10 p.c. 

While Furman, a professor of financial coverage, later clarified his comment was not a political evaluation however his personal “social judgment,” critics slammed Klain for showing to agree with it and accused him of downplaying pressing points Americans are coping with. 

“Inflation is NOT a ‘high class problem.’ Inflation is a tax on working Americans & those on fixed incomes,” Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) tweeted. “The Biden/Harris White House is completely out of touch. #InflationIsTaxation.”

Ronald Klain tweet.
Ronald Klain shared a post from Harvard professor Jason Furman.

The House Republican Policy Committee known as Klain’s tweet “outrageous.” 

“Just the White House Chief of Staff calling the rising price of gas, food, and housing a ‘high class’ problem. Outrageous! The American people are hurting and deserve better leadership,” the committee’s official twitter account posted.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the third-ranking House Republican, and advocacy group Independent Women’s Voice mimicked Klain’s use of emojis, utilizing the identical one to criticize his post. 

This…is WRONG. Reminder — inflation is a tax on EVERY American,” she said.

“Disconnected from reality,” Independent Women’s Voice wrote, adopted by the emoji. 

On a separate account, Stefanik highlighted Klain’s post again, telling social media customers that “this is what the Biden Administration thinks of the American people.” 

Shipping port of Los Angeles.
The US is grappling with supply-chain bottlenecks amid employee shortages and the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“High class intellects and low class American workers. (By the way – working class Americans are the ones who save scrupulously for the holidays for their kids!!)” she wrote. “An absolute disgrace.”

Rep. Kevin Hern (R-Okla.) questioned how the White House chief of staff might be “this out of touch with reality.” 

“American families are spending $175+ more per month on living expenses and the White House’s answer is ‘well it could be worse’?!” the representative tweeted.

Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) accused the administration of switching up its messaging relating to inflation. 

“First, the Biden Admin said inflation was a ‘short-term’ issue. Now, it’s a ‘high class’ problem. Products Arkansans need to put food on the table, fuel their homes and cars, get to work, and clothe their kids are NOT ‘high-class’ supplies. They impact family budgets daily,” he tweeted. 

The White House didn’t instantly reply to The Post’s request for remark. 

It will not be the primary time a retweet has put Klain below hearth, as simply final month, the chief of staff appeared to confess President Biden’s labor-related vaccine mandate was the “ultimate work-around” to issuing a federal vaccine mandate. 

The similar day as Biden’s speech mandating two-thirds of all US employees to get COVID-19 pictures, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle tweeted that the transfer is “the ultimate work-around for the Federal govt to require vaccinations” — which Klain retweeted to his feed.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) slammed the transfer as “foolish” and known as it a sign that the “admin knows it’s likely illegal” to drive companies to implement vaccine guidelines below penalty of large fines.

Workers unpack cargo.
“First, the Biden Admin said inflation was a ‘short-term’ issue. Now, it’s a ‘high class’ problem,” Rep. Steve Womack jabbed at Ron Klain.
Megan Jelinger/AFP through Getty Images

“Important. Foolish RT from WH chief of staff,” Cruz wrote on the time, sharing a screenshot of Klain’s retweet. “He said the quiet part out loud. Biden admin knows it’s likely illegal (like the eviction moratorium) but they don’t care.” 

Klain’s Wednesday tweet comes because the US faces an enormous supply-chain crisis that threatens the well timed supply of on a regular basis client items and vacation presents. 

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