Amid rumored tensions and complaints from Kamala Harris’ aides that the vice president is being set up to fail, Harris and President Joe Biden didn’t interact much at a joint appearance at a Washington soup kitchen ahead of Thanksgiving.
The president, vice president, first lady Jill Biden, and second gentleman Doug Emhoff were at DC Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that prepares Thanksgiving dinners for families in need.
However, President Biden appears to give the cold shoulder to Harris, rarely acknowledging or interacting with the VP just a few feet away.
Jill Biden directed Harris to a spot next to her husband at one point during the event, but the president didn’t appear to greet Harris.
At one point, Biden can be heard saying ‘come on, Kamala!’ pointing her to a tray of green beans to scoop for the troops.
‘I’m here!’ Harris responded as she got to work.
Microphones installed by the White House press pool didn’t capture Biden and Harris speaking to one another otherwise.
This was Biden and Harris’ first appearance together in over a week.
Last week, reports suggested Biden’s relationship with Kamala Harris is in crisis, with her staff furious that she is being ‘sidelined,’ while the president’s team are increasingly frustrated by how she is playing with American public.
Harris’ approval rating has plunged even further than Biden’s in recent months, with rumors swirling that the president is considering appointing her to the Supreme Court as a backdoor method of selecting a new VP.
She and her top aides are meanwhile frustrated with Biden for handing her ‘no-win’ issues like the border crisis, White House insiders told CNN.
They cited how the president defended ‘white man’ Pete Buttigieg, the transportation secretary, more vigorously than her.
At the same time, Biden’s staff are privately disappointed with Harris over self-inflicted controversies, like her ‘awkward’ laughter when asked about visiting the border by NBC’s Lester Holt.
They blame her failure on the border crisis for sliding poll numbers. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Biden at 53 percent disapproval and 41 percent approval – down 11 points from April.
Publicly, the White House insists the relationship between Biden and Harris remains harmonious and productive.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail – Emily Goodin and Stephen Lepore