White House Continues Defense of VP Amid Media Speculation

White House Continues Defense of VP Amid Media Speculation White House Continues Defense of VP Amid Media Speculation Vice President Kamala Harris hugs President Joe Biden as he prepares to deliver remarks during the signing ceremony for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on the South Lawn at the White House on Nov. 15, 2021. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Jack Gournell | Monday, 15 November 2021 07:42 PM

The White House on Monday continued its defense of Vice President Kamala Harris amid reports of a rift between her and President Joe Biden.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki called Harris “a valuable member of our team, The Hill reported, a day after a late night tweet on the same subject following a CNN report suggesting dysfunction and unhappiness.

"The president relies on the vice president for her advice, for her counsel," Psaki told reporters on Monday after being pressed about the report. "She is somebody who is not only taking on issues that are challenging, she is not looking for a cushy role here. No vice president. No president is.

"The president selected the vice president to serve as his running mate because he felt she was exactly the person he wanted to have by his side to govern the country," Psaki said.

It's not just CNN that's noticed Harris' apparent shrinking role. A recent Los Angeles Times column was titled "Kamala Harris, the incredible disappearing vice president," The Hill noted.

Former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile added her support, telling The Hill, "While it’s difficult to stop the endless swipes, past gripes or the inside the beltway second-guessing squad, it’s vital that Vice President Harris continue to take meaningful action in helping President Biden deliver for the American people."

She added: "It's untenable for modern vice presidents to succeed in their role as being No. 2. Thus, her number one goal must remain to support the president of the United States.

Though Biden and Harris appeared together Monday at the infrastructure signing ceremony, with Harris given speaking time, the New York Post was unconvinced of any goodwill between the two, describing it as forced.

"President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris attempted a less-than-convincing display of unity Monday, one day after a report describing Harris as increasingly isolated inside the White House," the Post wrote in its coverage.

"Biden and Harris briefly put an arm around each other’s shoulders as they walked across the South Lawn to the stage.However, a noticeable gap emerged after a few seconds as Harris appeared to veer slightly away from the president in view of approximately 800 lawmakers and invited guests, as well as the White House press corps," the report continued.

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