The White House has engaged in damage control in seeking to push back against reports of dysfunction within the office of Vice President Kamala Harris, according to five individuals who spoke with CNN.
Two individuals with close ties to Harris’ office told CNN that several staffers within her office are exasperated by what they view as “a dysfunctional operation” rife with internal conflict.
Some of the discontent is laid at the feet of Harris’ chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, according to the individuals.
An additional source said there were “challenges and struggles” in the office and knew of complaints about Flournoy, but refused to chalk it up to dysfunction or that the veteran Democratic strategist was to blame.
However, staffer discontent within Harris’ office was detailed in a recent Politico report, with the outlet speaking to 22 sources, including current and former vice presidential aides.
“People are thrown under the bus from the very top, there are short fuses and it’s an abusive environment,” one source told Politico. “It’s not a healthy environment and people often feel mistreated. It’s not a place where people feel supported but a place where people feel treated like s—.”
In a statement to CNN, Sabrina Singh, the deputy press secretary to Harris, said the vice president is committed to her work.
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SOURCE: Business Insider – John L. Dorman