“As long as the pandemic persists, as long as we are making up for decades of past disinvestment, we are going to see impacts on shipping times and shipping cost,” Buttigieg said, before reminding Americans of his small-town-Midwestern roots.
“When there is an issue affecting ports here,” he said, “you will feel it as far away as my Indiana hometown.”
Buttigieg also credited himself with saving Christmas, supplying the nation with loads of imported consumer products.
“One of the reasons why Christmas was not in fact canceled is that ports like L.A. and Long Beach moved record levels or goods, allowing an all-time record high in terms of retail sales his holiday season,” he said.
Further, he gave himself credit for supplying essential medical supplies.
In his own view, he effectively saved millions of lives during the pandemic.
“Not only is this about the presents under the tree, this is about essential goods like medical goods that are needed in this moment of continued public health challenge,” he added.
Unfortunately for Buttigieg, according to a CNBC report, most major grocery store chains have met severe challenges in stocking their shelves in recent months, which has apparently led to financial difficulties.
“Albertsons shares fell 9.75% to $28.79 at market close, after the company detailed the supply chain challenges and inflated costs it’s seeing on its earnings call,” said CNBC.
“The dive in its stock occurred even though the grocer raised its fiscal 2021 forecast. Shares of Kroger fell about 3%, while Walmart shed less than 1%.”