CNN has released a detailed account of interviews conducted with Kamala Harris’s team, White House officials, and many external advisers that all believe the Vice President is not being prepared and positioned for the right jobs. The report included an analysis of the comments that CNN has procured as part of their long-form coverage on how the administration is doing in its first year in office.
A selected few of the interviewees feel that Kamala Harris is being prepared rightly. While there are many officials in the House who have reported that she herself feels constrained with the political decisions she is able to make. There have been multiple reports of conflicts and disputes within the Harris office before, but never before has there been a confirmation of the President and Vice President not getting along in their goals.
There are even rumors of President Joe Biden appointing Vice President Kamala Harris to a position in the Supreme Court as a way to replace her. Her position during this entire debacle is being questioned and team members are wary about her future ambitions as her own political candidate.
“It is natural that those of us who know her know how much more helpful she can be than she is currently being asked to be. That’s where the frustration is coming from.” said the lieutenant governor of California, Eleni Kounalakis, who is Harris’s long-time friend as well. She added, “She’s very honored and very proud to be vice president of the United States. Her job as the No. 2 is to be helpful and supportive to the President and to take on work that he asks her to take on.”
There have been previous clashes between presidents and vice presidents before Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, as nominees while running their campaigns are not always on the same page, and the differences translate to when they get elected.
White House Press Secretary Jenn Psaki wrote an angry but mild tweet in response to the CNN analysis report about the role of Kamala Harris as VP, saying, “For anyone who needs to hear it. @VP is not only a vital partner to @POTUS but a bold leader who has taken on key, important challenges facing the country—from voting rights to addressing root causes of migration to expanding broadband.”