AGI – The White House intervened in defense of Vice President Kamala Harris after rumors of tensions and even brawls in his office. The allies of the vice president reject the rumors reported by Politico and the CNBC as part of a campaign to “sabotage” her. Several White House spokespersons and even Ron Klain, President Joe Biden’s chief of staff, took the field to defend Harris: “It’s a campaign designed to sabotage it,” Cedric Richmond, one of Biden’s closest advisors, told the newspaper. digital Axios.
The rumors began on Wednesday when Politico published an article describing, among other things, the resentment of several Harris employees for not learning that the vice president was planning a trip to the Mexican border, visit which took place last Friday.
The newspaper cited 22 officials and former Biden administration officials who portrayed a tense atmosphere in Harris’s office, where the morale of the staff would be low and many employees would be at odds with the vice president’s chief of staff, veteran Democratic strategist Tina Flournoy.
According to sources consulted by Politico, Flournoy would restrict access to Harris too much, delay decision-making and be overly strict with some members of the team. White House spokesperson Jen Psaki merely defended Harris, without commenting on his team’s alleged complaints. “The vice president is an incredibly important ally for the president of the United States. She has a complex job, hard work and has a great team around her to support her,” Psaki pointed out.
Similarly, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain told CNN that Harris enjoys Biden’s “trust” and that his work as vice president has “paid off”. Since he came to power in January, Harris has become a favorite target of the Republican opposition, especially after it took on a mission to stem immigration from Central America.
Harris’s popularity is lower than Biden’s, with 44% compared to the president’s 51%, according to an average of polls produced by the Real Clear Politics website. As vice president, Harris is seen by many in the party as the political heir to 78-year-old Biden, who has not made clear his intention to run for a second term in 2024.