VP Harris ‘agitated’ by work in Biden White House, book alleges

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Vice President Kamala Harris speaks about child tax credit during visit at CentroNia, a bilingual early childhood education school in northwest Washington, Friday, June 11, 2021 .
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks about child tax credit during visit at CentroNia, a bilingual early childhood education school in northwest Washington, Friday, June 11, 2021 .Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Turmoil within the White House has been well-documented during President Joe Biden’s tenure thus far. But a new book co-authored by New York Times political correspondents Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns, with excerpts shared to Politico, has revealed the extent to which the tension has impacted the working relationship between Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ respective offices — and the ways in which this could affect Harris’ career prospects. 

The book excerpt states that the working relationship between Biden and Harris themselves is “friendly but not close.” While the authors write that there is no bad blood between the two (aside from First Lady Jill Biden’s seeming discontent over Harris’ jabs at Biden over busing in the presidential primaries), the relationship between the president and vice president apparently lacks “personal and political intimacy.”

More than anything, Harris is seemingly frustrated, Martin and Burns write, by having her vice presidential career be relegated to “a few subjects mainly associated with women and Black Americans.” Harris’ efforts that went beyond that — such as her push for federal voting rights — were largely stymied. For instance, the excerpts reveal that Harris’ voting rights efforts were seemingly halted by Biden’s reticence on supporting a filibuster carve-out for the issue.

And as a result, Harris has major gripes, with her frustrations at her political future “up in the stratosphere,” according to excerpts provided by Politico. A senator close to Harris, according to the book, expressed concern that Harris’ political decline — largely revealed in her approval ratings — is a “slow-rolling Greek tragedy.”  (They added that she was “agitated by her predicament.”) 

Harris’ office, naturally, did not respond to any of these excerpts to Politico — and a high-level Biden staffer brushed off the allegations as “unattributed.”

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