Reports have surfaced that President Joe Biden is disappointed with Vice President Kamala Harris’ performance as his second-in-command, with comments from top officials within the Biden administration revealing some of the President’s candid views on Harris.
According to the reports, the tension between Biden and Harris stems from a belief that she has not “risen to the occasion” and is not taking enough off of his plate. Some officials claimed that Harris is fearful of making mistakes, leading to her being late in joining important political battles, such as the ongoing border crisis and Ukraine.
A former White House official close to the scene remarked, “A point of tension in their relationship is that I don’t think that the president sees her as somebody who takes anything off of his plate” because of a “fear of messing up.’”
While some officials have come forward to defend Harris, citing her previous work as a senator and attorney general in California, others have expressed concern about her ability to effectively support the President. One former official suggested that Harris’ performance was a factor in Biden’s decision to run for re-election.
“If he did not think she was capable, he would not have picked her. But it is a question of consistently rising to the occasion,” the official said.
The relationship between Biden and Harris has been under scrutiny since the start of their administration, with some questioning whether Harris was the right choice for Vice President. Her past criticisms of Biden during the Democratic primary race and a perceived lack of chemistry between the two during the campaign has led to doubts about their ability to work together effectively.
“I think his running for re-election is less about her and more about him, but I do think that she and the Democratic bench [are] a factor,” another anonymous official stated.
Despite these reports, Harris has remained publicly supportive of the President and his agenda. She praised Biden for his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and pledged her continued support for his policies.
As the President’s second-in-command, Harris will be expected to play a key role in addressing these challenges and helping to advance the administration’s agenda.
It remains to be seen how these reports will impact the relationship between Biden and Harris going forward, but one thing is clear: the pressure is on for Harris to prove herself as an effective and capable Vice President.