Call the National Guard? California businesses call port backlog an 'emergency' situation
President Joe Biden on Thursday floated the idea of calling in the U.S. National Guard to address truck driver availability as port backlogs and inflation swell heading into the holiday season, and while the troops haven't deployed yet, other industry watchers are already calling for a state of emergency.
Asked point blank if he'd consider involving the National Guard to move freight, Biden said yes at a CNN town hall on Thursday, despite the fact the National Guard can only be deployed by state governors.
“The answer is yes, if we can’t move—increase the number of truckers, which we’re in the process of doing,” Biden said, without clarifying what actions his administration was taking to increase the number of truckers on the road.