Donald Trump Says US Is 'Like A Third World Country' Because Stores Are Out Of Bread
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Donald Trump has claimed that supply chain issues have left the United States 'like a third world country'.
The former president said the US was 'going into communism' as he claimed that stores across the country were running empty of goods and materials.
"You go to a store, you don’t have bread. We’re like a third world country. They don’t have things," he said. "You go to buy something at Tiffany, you go to buy something at a hardware store – high, low – they don’t have product."
"Even me, when I order things, like for furnishings, for a building or something – they say it’s going to take nine months to get it. Used to be like, same day service."
Speaking to Just The News, the former president went on to say that prior to the current issues he had 'never even heard' about supply chains, claiming that under President Joe Biden 'the system is totally broken'.
Trump blamed the Biden administration for the apparent delays, however experts have said that any shortages are primarily driven by labour absences due to Covid-19, with similar issues seen in countries across the world.
"Earlier in the winter, omicron absenteeism was a major cause of shortages. If a truck driver was unable to work due to COVID exposure, that could mean a delay in some products reaching store shelves," Katie Denis, vice president of communications for the Consumer Brands Association food industry trade group, told the fact-checking site PolitiFact.
The war in Ukraine, which is a major global supplier of grain and other materials, is also expected to impact supply in the coming months.
Earlier this month President Biden announced a $5.8 trillion budget plan for fiscal year 2023, which included millions of dollars set to be allocated to projects helping to shore up American supply chains.
Elsewhere in the interview, which saw Trump launch criticisms of his successor on a range of issues, the former president appeared to appeal to Russia's President Vladimir Putin to dig up dirt on Biden's son Hunter, who is currently under federal investigation for consulting work done for foreign countries while his father was vice-president.
"I would think Putin would know the answer to that, I think he should release it," Trump said when asked about Biden's alleged business dealings.
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