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WH chief-of-staff slammed over post calling supply chain crisis ‘high class problems’



White House chief of staff Ronald Klain is once again facing criticism over a retweet this week when he shared a post that categorized recent nation-wide economic malaise caused by a supply chain crunch as “high class problems.” 

Late Wednesday night Klain shared a post from Harvard professor Jason Furman and wrote “This” with two emoji hands pointing a finger down at the original tweet. 

“Most of the economic problems we’re facing (inflation, supply chains, etc.) are high class problems. We wouldn’t have had them if the unemployment rate was still 10 percent. We would instead have had a much worse problem,” Furman wrote, apparently referring to when Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell said the employment rate in January was around 10 percent. 

While Furman, a professor of economic policy, later clarified his comment was not a political analysis but his own “social judgment,” critics slammed Klain for appearing to agree with it and accused him of downplaying urgent issues Americans are dealing with. 

“Inflation is NOT a ‘high class problem.’ Inflation is a tax on working Americans & those on fixed incomes,” Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) tweeted. “The Biden/Harris White House is completely out of touch. #InflationIsTaxation.”

Ronald Klain tweet.
Ronald Klain shared a post from Harvard professor Jason Furman.

The House Republican Policy Committee called Klain’s tweet “outrageous.” 

“Just the White House Chief of Staff calling the rising price of gas, food, and housing a ‘high class’ problem. Outrageous! The American people are hurting and deserve better leadership,” the committee’s official twitter account posted.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the third ranking House Republican, and Advocacy group Independent Women’s Voice mimicked Klain’s use of emojis, using the same one to criticize his post. 

This…is WRONG. Reminder — inflation is a tax on EVERY American,” she said.

“Disconnected from reality,” Independent Women’s Voice wrote, followed by the emoji. 

On a separate account, Stefanik highlighted Klain’s post again, telling social media users that “this is what the Biden Administration thinks of the American people.” 

Shipping port of Los Angeles.
The US is grappling with supply chain bottlenecks amid worker shortages and the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“High class intellects and low class American workers. (By the way – working class Americans are the ones who save scrupulously for the holidays for their kids!!)” She wrote. “An absolute disgrace.”

Oklahoma Republican Kevin Hern questioned how the White House chief of staff could be “this out of touch with reality.” 

“American families are spending $175+ more per month on living expenses and the White House’s answer is ‘well it could be worse’?!” the representative tweeted.

Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) accused the administration of switching up its messaging when it comes to inflation. 

“First, the Biden Admin said inflation was a ‘short-term’ issue. Now, it’s a ‘high class’ problem. Products Arkansans need to put food on the table, fuel their homes and cars, get to work, and clothe their kids are NOT ‘high-class’ supplies. They impact family budgets daily,” he tweeted. 

The White House did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment. 

It is not the first time a retweet put Klain under fire, as just last month, the chief of staff appeared to admit President Biden’s labor related vaccine mandate was the “ultimate work-around” to issuing a federal vaccine mandate. 

The same day as Biden’s speech mandating two-thirds of all US workers to get COVID-19 shots, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle tweeted that the move is “the ultimate work-around for the Federal govt to require vaccinations” — which Klain retweeted to his feed.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) slammed the move as “foolish” and called it an indication that the “admin knows it’s likely illegal” to force businesses to implement vaccine rules under penalty of massive fines.

Workers unpack cargo.
“First, the Biden Admin said inflation was a ‘short-term’ issue. Now, it’s a ‘high class’ problem,” Rep. Steve Womack jabbed at Ron Klain.
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“Important. Foolish RT from WH chief of staff,” Cruz wrote at the time, sharing a screenshot of Klain’s retweet. “He said the quiet part out loud. Biden admin knows it’s likely illegal (like the eviction moratorium) but they don’t care.” 

Klain’s Wednesday tweet comes as the U.S. faces a massive supply chain crisis which threatens the timely delivery of everyday consumer goods and holiday gifts. 

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Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker make out backstage at ‘SNL’



Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker can now add “Saturday Night Live” to the list of places where they’ve passionately made out.

Several new photos shared by Kardashian on Instagram show the couple fooling around on a black leather couch while backstage for the show on Oct. 16, when Barker performed with musical guest Young Thug.

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker making out backstage at "Saturday Night Live"
Kravis really went for it while hanging out in an “SNL” dressing room on Oct. 16.

There’s clearly a lot to unpack in the pics, but one shows Kardashian, 42, laying across Barker’s lap as the two engage in a steamy kiss. Others show a shirtless Barker, 45, staring up at his girlfriend as she plays with his drumsticks.

Kourtney Kardashian putting a drumstick in Travis Barker's mouth while backstage at "SNL"
Kardashian stuck one of Barker’s drumsticks in his mouth while visiting “SNL” this weekend.

Many fans also noticed that Barker had his hand planted firmly on Kardashian’s butt in all nine of the photos.

“You’re the best drummer I know 😍🥁,” the Blink-182 drummer commented on the post, to which Kardashian responded, “@travisbarker I learned from the best 😎.”

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker hanging out backstage at "SNL"
Barker and Kardashian’s PDA has been endless since they went public with their romance earlier this year.

The outing seemed to be a full circle moment for the hot couple, who were the target of Kim Kardashian West’s hilarious “The People’s Kourt“ skit on “SNL” just one week earlier.

“Travis! Travis, baby, I have to do my show,” Kim said while impersonating Kourtney, as “SNL” cast member Mikey Day took on the role of Barker.

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker show off PDA while backstage at "SNL"
Barker held onto Kardashian’s bum firmly in every pic she posted from Saturday night.

In more Kravis news, the two had a bit of a scare after Barker dropped his phone during a commercial flight on Friday.

As Page Six exclusively reported, a passenger told us that Kourtney was “frantically searching” for the phone and demanded “five more minutes” to look for it when a flight attendant asked her to take her seat so the plane could take off.

The eyewitness claimed that Barker stayed in his seat while his girlfriend was allegedly being “bratty” and “acting like a child.”

However, a source close to the Poosh founder denied the passenger’s story and said it “only took five minutes” for her to retrieve Barker’s phone.

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Jay-Z due to testify in NYC lawsuit over ‘reneged’ perfume deal



Rap mogul Jay-Z is expected to get grilled on the witness stand over claims he reneged on a deal to promote his own perfume.

The 51-year-old artist, whose real name is Shawn Carter, is named in a breach of contract lawsuit filed by Parlux Fragrances accusing him of failing to peddle the Gold Jay-Z fragrance line under a 2012 agreement.

Jury selection in the civil case begins Monday.

Parlux filed the lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court in 2016, claiming the “Empire State of Mind” rapper declined to push the perfume, including on “Good Morning America” and in Women’s Wear Daily. He’s also accused of refusing to do a promotional appearance at Macy’s.

The lawsuit claims it even pitched a contest involving a $20,000 perfume bottle with an 18-karat gold cap as the prize — only to have Carter reject the promotion and keep the prototype.

Jay Z fragrance "Gold" which $20,000 and features an 18-karat gold cap.
Jay Z fragrance “Gold” which $20,000 and features an 18-karat gold cap.

The company claims it lost $18 million in all because Carter allegedly didn’t live up to his end of the bargain — and names Carter and his company, S. Carter Enterprises, as defendants.

“The launch started out successfully and the product initially received rave reviews from Palux’s retailer customers,” the lawsuit, filed Jan. 25, 2016, says.

“However, in the fragrance industry, it is virtually impossible to sustain the success of a celebrity fragrance brand,” the lawsuit said, without “promotional support from the celebrity in the form of public appearances” and “regularly updating and refreshing the brand with ‘flanker’ launches and new line extensions.”

Parlux filed the lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court in 2016, claiming Jay-Z declined to push the perfume.
Parlux filed the lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court in 2016, claiming Jay-Z declined to push the perfume.
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“Flanker” launches consist of “using new packaging, often new fragrance scents and some variation on the name of the originally launched brand,” the suit said.

Carter countersued, claiming he is still owed $2.7 million by Parlux in the deal.

The rapper already gave a video deposition in the case but at an Oct. 1 hearing, Judge Andrew Borrok said Parlux should call Carter as a live witness and “do this the old-fashioned way.”

According to Jay-Z (left) he is still owed $2.7 million by Parlux in the deal.
According to Jay-Z (left) he is still owed $2.7 million by Parlux in the deal.
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Parlux attorney Anthony Viola said at the hearing that Carter would be his first witness.

“This should be sorted out pretty quickly now given the fact that Mr. Viola knows that I’m encouraging him to call the artist and the artist’s business manager,” Borrok said then. “So, the artist might be our first witness in the case if that’s what Mr. Viola chooses.”

It is unclear when the rapper will take the stand.

His attorney Alex Spiro declined to comment on the case Friday.

Parlux’s attorneys did not return a call seeking comment.

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Gisele Bündchen throws Twitter into tizzy with Tom Brady ‘trade’ tweet



Gisele Bündchen is getting in on the troll game.

Tom Brady tweeted on Saturday that he was “missing the fall this year,” perhaps reminiscing of the cool October days in New England instead of the heat in Tampa. But Bündchen didn’t let it go without poking some fun at her husband.

“Time for a trade?” Bündchen tweeted while quoting Brady’s original tweet.

The 44-year-old Brady is in his second season with the Buccaneers after spending the first 20 years of his career with the Patriots. He is doing just fine for himself in new surroundings, having won a Super Bowl in Tampa last February.

“Did I miss something?” Brady tweeted in response to Bündchen’s joke.

Tom Brady Gisele Bundchen
Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen.
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The tweets made in jest still got Twitter in a tizzy.

Brady made his return to Foxborough on Oct. 3, defeating Bill Belichick and the Patriots, 19-17.

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