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WASHINGTON, DC ‐ May 31, 2022: US President Joe Biden meets with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to discuss the state of the American and global economy in the Oval Office at the White House on May 30, 2022. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post)
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Today, ahead of a meeting with infant formula manufacturers, President Biden announced airlifts of formula from Europe and Australia as the nation continues to cope with shortages. Biden met virtually from the White House complex with company executives to discuss what’s known as the Operation Fly Formula missions as well as efforts to increase domestic production through use of the Korean War-era Defense Production Act.

“As a father and a grandfather, I understand how frustrating this shortage has been,” Biden said to open the meeting. He added that the “last thing we should ever do is allow unsafe formula to be sold to parents.” The president also called for an increase in production of “safe formula.”

Earlier Wednesday, Biden paid tribute to Adm. Linda L. Fagan as she became the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard and the first female officer to lead a branch of the U.S. armed forces. “It’s about time,” Biden said.

Your daily dashboard

  • 11 a.m. Eastern: Biden participated in the U.S. Coast Guard change of command ceremony at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington. Watch here.
  • 2:45 p.m. Eastern: Biden met virtually with administration officials and major infant formula manufacturers. Watch here.
  • 3:30 p.m. Eastern: White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre briefed reporters. Watch here.

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