President Biden on Tuesday said he was withdrawing Neera Tanden’s nomination to be White House budget director.
Biden presented the white flag as Tanden’s idea and the White House released a letter from her saying she wanted to drop out.
Tanden faced increasingly long odds at confirmation due to her past mean tweets about senators, including swing-voting Republicans and even some Democrats.
Biden said in a statement that he “accepted Neera Tanden’s request to withdraw her name from nomination for Director of the Office of Management and Budget.”
“I have the utmost respect for her record of accomplishment, her experience and her counsel, and I look forward to having her serve in a role in my Administration. She will bring valuable perspective and insight to our work,” Biden said.
Tanden’s insult-laden tweets clashed with Biden’s promotion of civility. She wrote in a letter to Biden that the White House released: “Unfortunately, it now seems clear that there is no path forward to gain confirmation, and I do not want continued consideration of my nomination to be a distraction from your other priorities.”
At least one Republican vote was needed in the evenly divided Senate after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WVa.) said he opposed Tanden due to her mean remarks against his colleagues.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Steven Nelson