EXCLUSIVE: Do you want to pay $50 for a hamburger, Joe? Furious restaurant owners vent at Biden for telling them to raise wages which they say will lead to MORE inflation and drive them ALL out of business
On Wednesday night, Biden told restaurant worker John Lanni to increase his staff's wages to survive
Restaurant owners on Thursday lashed out at the suggestion which they say will drive inflation
In New York City, the minimum wage is already $15 - if it goes higher, owners will have to increase prices
New jobless claims jumped to 419,000 this week - the highest in two months
There are still more than 12million people claiming unemployment in America; in 2019, the number was 5.8m
John Stratidis, the manager of the The Famous Cozy Soup 'n' Burger diner in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, said it could people out of business
Robert Mahon, owner of Toro Loco, Amor Loco and Broadstone, said Biden's expanded unemployment benefits must end in order to solve the problem
Republicans are pushing for Biden to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund to help owners
They called his remarks 'patronizing', 'out of touch' and demonstrative that he's never run a business
26 states have ended the expanded benefits and are already seeing more people returning to work
Biden says he'll scrap them entirely in September - he insist people aren't working in restaurants because they're now considering their 'other opportunities'
UPDATED 2:25 PM PT – Sunday, August 8, 2021
Joe Biden’s diplomats have attempted to influence the internal affairs of Brazil ahead of upcoming general elections in the country. On Saturday, newspaper Folha Di Sao Paulo reported U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan urged President Jair Bolsonaro not to question the integrity of electronic voting systems.
Sullivan delivered this message ahead of 2022 elections in Brazil. Bolsonaro, who has been an ally of President Trump, said electronic voting systems may have been manipulated to alter election outcomes.
Bolsonaro went on to say Brazil’s political system was corrupt and paper ballots must be returned to ensure election integrity.
“I want elections next year, but clean, democratic and sincere elections. We will hold elections next year,” he stated. “…Is it fair that the person who took former President Lula out of jail, who made him eligible for election, is the same person who counts the votes in the secret room at the Supreme Electoral Court?”
Sullivan reportedly told Bonsonaro Brazil’s elections would be “fair” and “free” with voting machines.