White House defends Harris as ‘critical partner’ to Biden amid reports of dysfunction
“The president chose the vice president because – to serve as his running mate – because he felt she was exactly the person he wanted to be by his side to run the country.” , White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at the White House briefing.
Psaki continued: “She was an important partner, she was a bold leader, and she was someone who took on extremely important tasks, whether it was addressing the root causes. of emigrating in the Northern Triangle or taking on the core cause of democracy in suffrage.”
“There are a lot of reports out there and they don’t reflect his views or our experience with the vice president,” Psaki said.
CNN reported Sunday that key West Wing aides have mostly swung their arms at Harris and her staffers – deciding there simply isn’t time to deal with them right now, especially with at a time when Biden is rapidly facing legislative and political concerns. At the same time, many in the vice president’s circles are suspecting that Harris is not properly prepared or positioned, and the vice president herself has told several confidants that she feels constrained. about what she can do politically.
Psaki declined to weigh in on a possible future running from Harris for the Democratic nomination. Harris may be just a year away from launching his presidential campaign, amid doubts around the political world that Biden will actually go through with his 2024 re-election bid, which he has pledged. will be made public and private.
“I know that the President trusts the vice president for her advice for her advice. She’s someone who doesn’t just tackle challenging issues; she’s not looking for a weak role. drowning here,” said Psaki, not denying the report or responding to CNN directly when asked if she’d heard displeasure among the vice president or key members of her staff.
Harris’s supporters have complained about her lack of visibility and opportunities for her to promote the administration’s successes.
“She’s a great messenger. But it has to be clear, concise, and consistent,” Donna Brazile, Harris’s frequent outside consultant, previously told CNN. “Don’t make her a Beltway creature. Let her out.”
This story has been updated with additional information.